LAUGHING: A Historical Selection of American Humor by Charles--Ed. Keller

LAUGHING: A Historical Selection of American Humor

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A higgledy-piggledy compilation, beginning with ""Yankee Doodle"" and other less well remembered early Americana that few will read voluntarily (""Colonial humor may not strike us as all that funny today. But there was no malice""); proceeding with already ubiquitous selections from Washington Irving, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Thurber and the like; filling in with comic strips, epitaphs, knock-knocks and dialogue from the Marx brothers or Abbott and Costello (""Who's on First""); and finishing with some of Dick Gregory's more printable observations ""From the Back of the Bus."" Obvious.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1977
Publisher: Prentice-Hall