Essays on American Humor: Blair Through the Ages

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Historical and biographical essays, source-and-influence studies, and analyses of texts constitute the bulk of the book.
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Twenty essays by scholar of American humor Blair (1900-92) originally published between 1928 and 1989. He discusses writers, such as poet Julia A. Moore, E. B. White, and Mark Twain; subjects such as Mike Fink, Davey Crockett, and the American version of Baron Munchausen; and topics such as wartime and southwestern humor. The collection ends with a short story in which he demonstrates his ideas. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780299136208
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 The Big Picture
Traditions in Southern Humor 15
The Popularity of Nineteenth-Century American Humorists 25
"A Man's Voice, Speaking": A Continuum in American Humor 40
Pt. 2 Essays on American Humor
A German Connection: Raspe's Baron Munchausen 57
Introduction to Davy Crockett at Two Hundred: New Perspectives on the Man and the Myth 72
Mike Fink in Legend and Story 77
The Technique of "The Big Bear of Arkansas" 90
Harris' Best: "Bill Ainsworth's Quarter Race" 99
Introduction to The Sweet Singer of Michigan: The Collected Poems of Julia A. Moore 104
Laughter in Wartime America 114
E. B. White: Introduction to One Man's Meat 123
The Funny Fondled Fairytale Frog 134
Pt. 3 Essays on Mark Twain
Mark Twain, New York Correspondent 143
On the Structure of Tom Sawyer 154
Mark Twain's Other Masterpiece: "Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn" 165
The French Revolution and Huckleberry Finn 179
When Was Huckleberry Finn Written? 197
Was Huckleberry Finn Written? 215
Mark Twain's High and Delicate Art: Introduction to Selected Shorter Writings of Mark Twain 221
Mark Twain and the Mind's Ear 237
Pt. 4 Practice What You Teach: A Short Story
The Ugliest Man in the World 249
Suggestions for Additional Reading 255
Notes 257
Index 291
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