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The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose: From William Caxton to P. G. Wodehouse: A Conducted Tour
     

The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose: From William Caxton to P. G. Wodehouse: A Conducted Tour

by Frank Muir, Frank Muir
 

Focusing primarily on the 19th and 20th century, but with material dating back to Columbus, this volume is packed with an amazing range of comic material is—from the gentle, charming comedy of manners, to biting satire, to outrageous parody.
There are excerpts from the novels of Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain, complete short stories by O. Henry

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Focusing primarily on the 19th and 20th century, but with material dating back to Columbus, this volume is packed with an amazing range of comic material is—from the gentle, charming comedy of manners, to biting satire, to outrageous parody.
There are excerpts from the novels of Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse and Mark Twain, complete short stories by O. Henry and Frank O'Connor, classic tall tales from Australia, passages from Groucho Marx's correspondence with Warner Brothers, a selection of Samuel Johnson's comic definitions, plus a sprinkling of egregious puns and witty sayings. Muir has gathered work from over two hundred writers and from every English-speaking country. Virtually all of your favorites are here: Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Laurence Sterne, Anita Loos, Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman, Damon Runyon, Fran Lebowitz, Joseph Heller, Evelyn Waugh, Garrison Keilor, Erma Bombeck, Tom Wolfe, and countless others. In addition, there are comic pieces from writers you wouldn't expect to find—such as Thomas Hardy or Lawrence Durrell—and many writers you may not have discovered yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192803795
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Oxford Books of Prose Series
Pages:
1198
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.10(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Muir was a writer of humorous prose for over 40 years. As a broadcaster he appeared regularly on 'Call My Bluff' on television, and 'My Word' and 'My Music' on radio, and collaborated with Denis Norden for many years as a comedy scriptwriter. His books include compilations from the 'My Word' and 'Frank Muir goes into' radio series, children's books featuring the Afghan puppy What-a-Mess, and The Frank Muir Book: An Irreverent Companion to Social History (1976). He was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews 1977-9, and held honorary degrees from both the University of St Andrews and Kent. In 1980 he was awarded the CBE. He died in 1998.

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