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  • After Aesopby Steven Carter

    Hamilton Books 2010; US$ 37.99

    This book adds parodies Aesop, perhaps the world's best-known author, produced hundreds of fables that have been re-told countless times, on a one-to-one basis. By turns hilarious, poignant, and profound, the more than 200 entries in After Aesop will instruct and entertain a diverse modern audience. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • Under The Duvetby Marian Keyes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; Not Available

    'When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. It's time to set the record straight. I write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my... more...