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  • How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Stepsby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    Download, for free!, a hilarious essay by New York Times bestselling author Jason Mulgrew, plus get a sneak peek from his new book, 236 Pounds of Class Vice President , available February 12, 2013. For a few "glorious" weeks, Jason Mulgrew's first book, Everything Is Wrong with Me , appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, before dropping... more...

  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus Publishing 2014; Not Available

    A brilliant and bawdy exploration of the riotous sexual imagery and double meanings that made Shakespeare the most popular playwright of his day. more...

  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus Publishing 2014; US$ 17.89

    A brilliant and bawdy exploration of the riotous sexual imagery and double meanings that made Shakespeare the most popular playwright of his day. more...

  • Calvinist Humor in American Literatureby Michael Dunne

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 29.95

    Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage... more...

  • The Pocket Essential Robert Crumbby D.K. Holm

    Pocket Essentials 2006; US$ 7.99

    But Crumb isn't just a great cartoonist. He is a great writer as well. His sardonic view of the world is literary and sophisticated, and in his introductions to books and anthologies, as well as in his letters and other writings, Crumb is revealed as a writer with a style as distinctive as his cartoons and with a comic timing just as finely honed.... more...

  • American Humoristsby Willard Thorp

    University of Minnesota Press 1964; US$ 36.00

    AMERICANS, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen's adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales. more...

  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 44.99

    Why do people tell dirty jokes? And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny? G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject. More than two thousand jokes... more...

  • Everything Is Wrong with Meby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    ?People who grow up like this tend to become agoraphobics, serial killers, or really funny writers. Mulgrew, I think ? hope? ? is the last of these three things. His stories of childhood made me laugh out loud.? ? Rob McElhenney, star, creator, and producer of It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ?The somewhat alarming, always interesting world inside... more...

  • Mark Twain's Library of Humorby Mark Twain; Roy Jr Blount; E.W. Kemble

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.00

    Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's... more...

  • Humor in Contemporary Junior Literatureby Julie Cross

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 149.00

    In this new book, Julie Cross examines the intricacies of textual humor in contemporary junior literature, using the tools of literary criticism and humor theory. Cross investigates the dialectical paradoxes of humor and debunks the common belief in oppositional binaries of ?simple? versus ?complex? humor. The varied combinations of so-called high... more...