The Humor of the American Cowboy, Second Edition

The Humor of the American Cowboy, Second Edition

by Stanley Hoig, Nick Eggenhofer, Stan Hoig
     
 

To the cowboy, for whom the world was a circus of creation, nothing was beyond the scope of laughter. His fertile imagination could produce trail drives of dry-land terrapins, cowboy firing squads for fighting game roosters, and a breed of "honk-honk birds" that could outrun a horse. He used humor to express his fondness for the West, to exchange sarcasms with

Overview

To the cowboy, for whom the world was a circus of creation, nothing was beyond the scope of laughter. His fertile imagination could produce trail drives of dry-land terrapins, cowboy firing squads for fighting game roosters, and a breed of "honk-honk birds" that could outrun a horse. He used humor to express his fondness for the West, to exchange sarcasms with railroaders, to teach lessons to tenderfeet, and even—sometimes—to laugh at death.

In The Humor of the American Cowboy, Stan Hoig presents an authentic collection of tall tales, anecdotes, yarns, jokes, and humorous incidents of the Old West that not only entertain but also focus attention on a sometimes overlooked phase of cowboy life.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
"The whole gives many a chuckle, as wry and dry as the land whence they came. . . . The drawings by Eggenhofer are among the best he has ever done."—San Francisco Chronicle
New York Times Book Review
“A duke's mixture of mirth, irony and downright horseplay, made vivid by the brushpopper's salty imagery and remarkable aptitude for precisely the wrong word in the right place.”—New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803273597
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
975,990
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Stan Hoig is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma. His other books include The Sand Creek Massacre, Perilous Pursuit: The U. S. Cavalry and the Northern Cheyennes, and The Battle of the Washita: The Sheridan-Custer Indian Campaign of 1867–69, available in a Bison Books edition.

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