1000 Years of Laughter: An Anthology of Classic Comic Prose

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Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. David Timson starts with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery.

The rise of the novel in the 18th century bought classic humour from Swift, Sterne and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the 19th century.

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Overview

Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. David Timson starts with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery.

The rise of the novel in the 18th century bought classic humour from Swift, Sterne and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the 19th century.

Included here are rarities as well, from the antiquarian's cupboard. There are also excerpts from children's literature and 20th century classics as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P.G.Wodehouse.

An entertainment from start to finish.

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Hyenas aside, humans are the only animals with the ability to laugh, yet scientists have not come up with an answer to why we do. This collection, read by Carole Boyd and four other performers, attempts to present a history of humor, and, despite its length, it still only scratches the surface. Being an English production, it naturally features British humorists over those from other countries, but this only seems logical considering that American humor, for example, was derived from our British cousins. The title is quite accurate as the first book of humor was an Anglo-Saxon book of riddles, many of them unexpectedly bawdy. Timson then proceeds through the centuries to feature excerpts from Robert Burton, Alexander Pope, John Moffatt, Mark Twain, and Dorothy Parker, among others. Many of the excerpts are quite lengthy and lack the punch of a one-liner or a stand-up comedian's routine. Still, it is interesting to trace the evolution of humor and see what made people laugh over the centuries. Listeners looking for a book of chuckles might find this item a bit too pedantic for their tastes; many of the selections are filled with British terms that may send the English into paroxysms of laughter but which may leave us scratching our heads. A good addition to a large public or academic library as a reference tool for students of human behavior.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626342695
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Large Type
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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