This is a lot for the money. Not only are the editor's contributions -- critical, biographical and by way of definition -- stimulating and provocative reading, but the scope of his selection, the generous abundance of his material makes this a veritable library of satire (and good entertainment). From Aristophanes to the present time, through Aesop, Greek comedy, Rabelais, Don Quixote, Juvenal, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Johnson, Moliere, La Fontaine, Restoration drama, Congreve, Dryden, Swift, Dickens, Thackeray, Lewis Carroll, Butler, Gilbert, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Wells, Shaw, Veblen, Chesterton, Beerbohm, Saki, Douglas, Sinclair Lewis, Huxley, Lardner, A.P. Herbert, Thomas Wolfe to our own Thurber -- a motley crew. He illustrates every facet of satire, from censorship to hilarity, from mockery to torment, ""a dexterous stripping of false fronts"", ""licensed bad form"", caricature, burlesque, melodrama, parody, travesty, irony -- in extracts, in complete units, in telling bits.