Humor in Twentieth-century British Literature: A Reference Guide

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Greenwood Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 561 pages
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British writers of the 20th century have used humor in various ways in their works. This book surveys humor in British literature from Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) through Douglas (Noel) Adams (1952-). The volume is divided into ten chapters, with the first chapter covering authors born between 1855 and 1869, and with later chapters each covering authors born during a particular decade. Each chapter discusses the humor, satire, parody, irony, comedy, and wit of individual authors and gives extensive bibliographical information about other critics who have done the same. The book is arranged chronologically according to the birth year of the author being discussed. Through this chronological arrangement, the reader may trace the evolution of British literary humor over time. An index allows the reader to locate individual authors alphabetically.

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DON L.F. NILSEN is Professor of English at Arizona State University and Executive Secretary of the International Society for Humor Studies. He is an officer of various humor societies and actively contributes to a number of publications. His previous books include Humor in Irish Literature: A Reference Guide (1995) and Humor in British Literature, From the Middle Ages to the Restoration: A Reference Guide (1997), both available from Greenwood Press.

Albert Murray was born in Nokomis, Alabama, in 1916. He grew up in Mobile and was educated at Tuskegee Institute, where he later taught literature and directed the college theater. He is a retired U.S. Air Force major. Albert Murray is author of "The Omni-Americans"; "Stomping the Blues"; "The Hero and the Blues"; "Train Whistle Guitar"; "The Spyglass Tree"; "The Seven League Boots"; "South to a Very Old Place"; "Conjugations and Reiterations"; and "From the Briarpatch File"; as well as co-author of "Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie "and "Trading Twelves": "The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray," He lives in New York City.

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