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  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; Not Available

    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...

  • Twain's Brandby Judith Yaross Lee

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 137.50

    Samuel L. Clemens lost the 1882 lawsuit declaring his exclusive right to use "Mark Twain" as a commercial trademark, but he succeeded in the marketplace, where synergy among his comic journalism, live performances, authorship, and entrepreneurship made "Mark Twain" the premier national and international brand of American humor in his day. And so... more...

  • Comedyby Henri Bergson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher      Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...

  • Humoristsby Paul Johnson

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.99

    ?It is Johnson?s gift that he can make his subjects human and fallible enough that we would?recognize them instantly, while also illuminating what made them heroes.? ? Washington Post Book World on Heroes ?Johnson is a clear, intelligent, forceful writer, and nothing if not thorough.? ? Wall Street Journal Paul Johnson, the acclaimed author... more...

  • The Elements of F*cking Styleby Chris Baker; Jacob Hansen

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 10.99

    The truth about English is that it can get pretty boring. Dangling modifiers, gerunds, punctuation marks--it?s enough to make you want to drop out of high school. Swearing and sex on the other hand, well, these time-honored pastimes warm the cockles of our hearts. Now, The Elements of F*cking Style drags English grammar out of the ivory tower... more...

  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; Not Available

    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...

  • The Wicked Wit of Charles Dickensby Shelley Klein

    Michael O'Mara 2011; US$ 6.99

    A fascinating collection of some of the finest examples of Dickens' wit, humor, and comedy, containing wry reflections and razor-sharp remarks on such subjects as childhood and family, women and love, politics and wealth, and many more   "Mr. Squeers's appearance was not prepossessing. He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs... more...

  • Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canonby Sam Vásquez

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 90.00

    Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon  intimately examines Caribbean writers who engage canonical Western texts and forms, while using humor to challenge Western representations of people of African descent. more...

  • The Yankee Chick's Survival Guide to Texasby Sophia Dembling

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2001; US$ 16.99

    Culture Shock in Texas can be intense and is exacerbate by local rules of propriety that tell us to keep out mouths shut. But here in this book we are going to talk all about it with good old Yankee outspokenness. We'll clear the air, share experiences, orient newcomers, and have some good laughs. more...

  • Fish of the Weekby Steve Braunias

    Awa Press 2009; US$ 11.99

    A collection of New Zealand's most celebrated journalist's works, this lascivious selection of Steve Braunias's columns addresses a variety of topics, including the current state of New Zealand steak, the beauty of mangroves, the lunacy of film festivals, the attractions of small towns, the charms of Cambridge University, and the strange habits of... more...