30 Satires

30 Satires

by Lewis H. Lapham


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30 Satires by Lewis H. Lapham

Widely celebrated for his political essays, Lewis Lapham is a satirist who belongs in the company of Ambrose Bierce, H.L. Mencken, and Mark Twain. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with satire in its several forms—as burlesque, pasquinade, invective, and deadpan jest.

This first assemblage of Lapham’s satires presents thirty pieces that hold their currency and humor against the tide of social and political change that has engulfed American society in recent times. He reduces to absurdity many of the topics of the day that are often treated portentiously: Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is retold to praise the virtues of remorseless greed; the hydrogen bomb is introduced as a solemn dinner guest who doesn’t play tennis or speak English; gene banks take the form of well-trained pigs that accompany their wealthy owners in the first-class cabins of transatlantic jets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848467
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/03/2003
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lewis Lapham is the editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly the editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of several books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War (The New Press), Gag Rule, and Pretensions to Empire (The New Press). He lives in New York City.

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