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American Humor: A Study of the National Character

American Humor: A Study of the National Character

by Constance Rourke
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ISBN-13: 9781597405850
Publisher: ACLS History E-Book Project
Publication date: 11/28/2008
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Constance Rourke (1885-1941) was a historian, anthropologist, and critic who revolutionized the study of American culture. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at Vassar and the Sorbonne, she spent most of her life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her influential studies of American life include Trumpets of Jubilee (1927), Troupers of the Gold Coast (1928), and biographies of Davy Crockett (1928), Audubon (1936), and Charles Sheeler: Artist in the American Tradition (1938). Her most famous work remains American Humor: A Study of the National Character, recognized as a classic from its publication in 1931. Rourke devoted her later life to “living research,” exploring regional culture, from Shaker furniture to African-American song, and Western folk tales. She died in 1941, after falling on an icy porch.

Table of Contents

ICorn Cobs Twist Your Hair15
IIThe Gamecock of the Wilderness37
IIIThat Long-Tail'd Blue70
VThe Comic Poet115
VII Hear America Singing133
VIIFacing West from California's Shores163
VIIIThe American186
IXRound Up209
Bibliographical Note237

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