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American Humorists - American Writers 42

American Humorists - American Writers 42: University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers

Copyright Date: 1964
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 48
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    American Humorists - American Writers 42
    Book Description:

    American Humorists. To meet a need which had been felt for some time both in the United States and abroad, the pamphlet series, the University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, was established in 1959. By providing readable critical introductions to American Writers, the pamphlets were designed to meet the needs and tastes of mature students and readers of imaginative literature throughout the world.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-5243-3
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. American Humorists
    (pp. 5-44)

    Americans, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen’s adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales.

    By the 1830’s it was apparent that a brand of native humor was developing on these shores which was distinctive in subject, character, setting, and manner of telling. European travelers took note of the fact. Captain Frederick Marryat’sA Diary in America(1839) has a perceptive chapter on “Language” in which...

  3. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 45-48)