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Comedy: An Essay on Comedy
     

Comedy: An Essay on Comedy

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by Henri Bergson
 
Henri Bergson — Laughter
George Meredith — An Essay on Comedy

Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher


     Laughter is a mystery—a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great

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Henri Bergson — Laughter
George Meredith — An Essay on Comedy

Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher


     Laughter is a mystery—a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter," a profound psychological and philisophic theory of the main springs of comedy—a theory closely related to the doctrine of the élan vital. In his "Essay on Comedy," the English novelist George Meredith discusses the varieties of the comic experience and the social and moral function of comedy.
     Together these two major theories go far toward clarifying the mystery of laughter. Wylie Sypher, in his richly documented supplementary essay, places the views of Bergson and Meredith in a large context of speculation on the nature of comedy. The essay reviews important statements of such thinkers as Aristotle, Hobbes, Baudelaire, Freud, Cornford, and others. It serves to give further significance to Bergson and Meredith and to the meaning of comedy itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307830777
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/22/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

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Comedy: An Essay on Comedy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in. "Well, as the board showed, i um, think i am Rosini. Of course, i could be impostering myself, but, hey! Why would someone do that? Anyway, for ze main event," turns to the side of the stage, "drumroll please" she whispered. A tiny high pitched horn sounded. "Um, I said DRUMROLL." A big booming drum gave off a note. She sighed. $well, my main event, making marshmellows, DISSAPPEAR!" She pointed at a lady in the audience. "Miss, I believe you will find some in your purse." The woman rumaged through her purse. "I dont have any." She said. "Really?" Rosini said. "I'm good!" She waited till everyone stopped. "Ya know, my friend has a kid with a crabby attitude/ and I suggested the kid went to AAA. Got any idea what that is? American Attitude Amplifier! Amd, one more thing, i have free videios of my other shows, which are my gift to you, for the roght amount of money to me. Well, thanks for listening. Bye!" She walked off the stage so anoyher person could have a go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write your name as the headline and your preformance as the review. I, the judge, will pick who is th funniest of them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad, author of Laugh out Loud. Could be better, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago