Books in category Literary Criticism – Humor

  • Cracking Up

    Cracking Up
    Paul Lewis

    What do Jon Stewart, Freddy Krueger, Patch Adams, and George W. Bush have in common? As Paul Lewis shows in Cracking Up, they are all among the ranks of joke tellers who aim to do much more than simply amuse.

  • Ain t that a Knee slapper

    Ain’t that a Knee-slapper
    Tim Hollis

    A hee-hawing history of comedic performers from the golden age of radio through "The Dukes of Hazzard"

  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
    Stephen Leacock

    Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. This book was first published in 1912.

  • Fetching the Old Southwest

    Fetching the Old Southwest
    James H. Justus

    Like most writing, humor is a product of its place and time, and the works studied herein are no exception.

  • Dickens and Popular Entertainment

    Dickens and Popular Entertainment
    Paul Schlicke

    It shows the importance of entertainment to Dickens’ journalism and presents an illuminating perspective on the public readings which dominated the last twelve years of his life. This book will be of interest to students of literature.

  • Crescent and Iron Cross

    Crescent and Iron Cross
    E. F. Benson

    Crescent and Iron Cross, Chapter I THE THEORY OF THE OLD TURKS The maker of phrases plies a dangerous trade.

  • Loopholes


    In this sense, comedy exists outside the alternatives of tragic and comic. Loopholes argues that trivialization of comedy comes from fear that it will address our anxieties with honesty–and it is this truth that scares us.

  • The Relentless City

    The Relentless City
    E. F. Benson

    Chapter I The big pink and white dining-room at the Carlton was full to suffocation of people, mixed odours of dinner, the blare of the band just outside, and a babel of voices.

  • Stephen Leacock

    Stephen Leacock
    Gerald Lynch

    " After years of chasing down Leacock's numerous literary mounts, I can assert that none of this is true.

  • A History of the Atlantic Monthly 1857 1909

    A History of the Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1909
    Ellery Sedgwick

    Ellery Sedgwick examines their personalities, editorial policies, and literary tastes, and shows how each balanced his role as advocate of "high" culture with the demands of the literary marketplace and American democracy.

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