English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate

English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate

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by Garrison Keillor
     
 

Includes the Six-Minute Hamlet, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickinson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes an M.F.A. scam, Garrison Keillor’s recollection of growing up bookish in a football-loving town, and the Ballad of John Henry ('John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad

Overview

Includes the Six-Minute Hamlet, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickinson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes an M.F.A. scam, Garrison Keillor’s recollection of growing up bookish in a football-loving town, and the Ballad of John Henry ('John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a time.') With guest appearances by Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, and Calvin Trillin.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
You do not have to be a college graduate to enjoy A Prairie Home Companion English Majors; a taste for American poetry and a smattering of knowledge about American literature is enough.
The Serious Comedy Site

. . . this compilation will certainly evoke laughs from listeners.
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Publishers Weekly

Leave it to Keillor to satirize "Guy Noir: Private Eye," by exposing the M.F.A. degree as a tool of organized crime. The parodies of American literature, however, including Dickinson, Frost and Hawthorne, are generally sophomoric. You know whose woods these are. The collection of vintage performances improves in a 10-minute rendition of Macbeth, with the lead character as Mr. Rogers and Lady Macbeth as Julia Child. There are two versions of Hamlet, both of which reduce Ophelia's madness to "La, la, la." Yes, that's a quote. The Prairie Home Companion cast members fare better when they move away from parody. One of the best bits involves an English major (Keillor) working at a fast food job and correcting customers' misuse of "who" or "whom." Billy Collins's satirical ode to "The Lanyard" is both hilarious and astute. There are some nice fillers, including Meryl Streep reading Mary Oliver and Allen Ginsberg's overblown recital of Whitman's "Song of Myself." In the end, listeners will feel that these two so-so CDs could have been reduced to one good one. (Feb.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598875881
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Series:
Prairie Home Companion Ser.
Edition description:
Original radio broadcast; 2.5 hours on 2 CDs
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
1,240,999
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. 
 
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
August 7, 1942
Place of Birth:
Anoka, Minnesota
Education:
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this, you might also enjoy God Is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell, illustrated by Shannon Wheeler
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very low key, some parts rather boring. The best part was the segment on English majors with Dave Barry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago