Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology (Paperback)
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Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 30/06/2010
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If, as some suggest, American literature began with ""Huckleberry Finn"", then the humorists of the Old South surely helped us to shape that literature. Twain himself learned to write by reading the humorists' work, and later writers were influenced by it. This book marks the first new collection of humor from that region published in fifteen years - and the first fresh selection of sketches and tales to appear in over forty years. Thomas Inge and Ed Piacentino bring their knowledge of and fondness for this genre to a collection that reflects the considerable body of scholarship that has been published on its major figures and the place of the movement in American literary history. They breathe new life into the subject, gathering a new selection of texts and adding Twain - the only major American author to contribute to and emerge from the movement - as well as several recently identified humorists. All of the major writers are represented, from Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas Bangs Thorpe, as well as a great many lesser-known figures like Hamilton C. Jones, Joseph M. Field, and John S. Robb. The anthology also includes several writers only recently discovered to be a part of the tradition, such as Joseph Gault, Christopher Mason Haile, James Edward Henry, and Marcus Lafayette Byrn, and features authors previously overlooked, such as William Gilmore Simms, Ham Jones, Orlando Benedict Mayer, and Adam Summer. Selections are timely, reflecting recent trends in literary history and criticism sensitive to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. The editors have also taken pains to seek out first printings to avoid the kinds of textual corruptions that often occur in later versions of these sketches. ""Southern Frontier Humor"" offers students and general readers alike a broad perspective and new appreciation of this singular form of writing from the Old South - and provides some chuckles along the way.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826218865
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Throughout the volume, [the editors'] shrewd judgment and critical acumen are apparent, and the reader of this volume comes away with a balanced sense of both the range and the accomplishment of frontier humorists."--Scott Romine, author of "The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction"


Throughout the volume, [the editors ] shrewd judgment and critical acumen are apparent, and the reader of this volume comes away with a balanced sense of both the range and the accomplishment of frontier humorists. Scott Romine, author of "The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction""


"Scholars of American humor cannot fail to be intrigued and informed by this collection, which offers a new configuration of best writers from a fascinating era of our literary history. Teachers whose American literature or American studies courses include the antebellum period should consider this excellent anthology as a textbook." James E. Caron, author of "Mark Twain: Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter""


Throughout the volume, [the editors ] shrewd judgment and critical acumen are apparent, and the reader of this volume comes away with a balanced sense of both the range and the accomplishment of frontier humorists. Scott Romine, author of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction

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"Throughout the volume, [the editors'] shrewd judgment and critical acumen are apparent, and the reader of this volume comes away with a balanced sense of both the range and the accomplishment of frontier humorists."--Scott Romine, author of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction


"Scholars of American humor cannot fail to be intrigued and informed by this collection, which offers a new configuration of best writers from a fascinating era of our literary history. Teachers whose American literature or American studies courses include the antebellum period should consider this excellent anthology as a textbook."--James E. Caron, author of Mark Twain: Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter

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