Essays on American Humor: Blair Through the Ages

Essays on American Humor: Blair Through the Ages

by Walter Blair
     
 

Walter Blair was the literary scholar who almost single-handedly gave the study of American humor significance in the academic world.  By categorizing the writings of American literary humorists into such diverse styles as the Old Southwest, Local Color, and Literary Comedian humor — each having serious social import—Blair abolished the notion that

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Walter Blair was the literary scholar who almost single-handedly gave the study of American humor significance in the academic world.  By categorizing the writings of American literary humorists into such diverse styles as the Old Southwest, Local Color, and Literary Comedian humor — each having serious social import—Blair abolished the notion that they were all practicing the same kind of intellectual irreverence.  Moving through more than six decades of Walter Blair's works, Essays on American Humor: Blair through the Ages provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline he developed. 
    Hamlin Hill has selected and ordered this collection to show the scope of Blair's expertise, which encompasses the careers of tall-tale characters like Baron Munchausen as well as the achievements of such real-life humorists as E. B. White.  The pieces range in time from Blair’s introduction to the 1928 edition of Julia A. Moore's poetry to his 1989 introduction to a work commemorating Davy Crockett's two-hundredth anniversary.  Historical and biographical essays, source-and-influence studies, and analyses of texts constitute the bulk of the book.  An entire section is devoted to discourses on Mark Twain, Blair's major subject.

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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:
9780299136246
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/15/1993
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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