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Russell Baker's Book of American Humor - Russell Baker

Russell Baker's Book of American Humor

By: Russell Baker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1993
ISBN: 9780393035926
Number Of Pages: 600

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One of the great glories of life in the U.S. is the humor of its people. Baker surveys this territory in this rich treasury and stakes it out in a dozen sections. Roaming through them, the reader will find P.J. O'Rourke, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Introductionp. 15
Comical-Tragical Tales
"Clothes Make the Man"p. 29
"Jack Schmidt, Arts Administrator"p. 41
"Ex Parte"p. 48
"Confessions of a Humorist"p. 57
"The Mourner"p. 64
"The Death of Julius Caesar"p. 70
"Broadway Complex"p. 78
Shameless Frivolity
"Contributors to This Issue"p. 93
"Hymn to Ham"p. 94
"Song to Bacon"p. 96
"Song to Grease"p. 97
"A Look at Organized Crime"p. 98
"There Ain't No Justice"p. 101
"Wally Ballou Visits Sturdley House"p. 103
"Exam Time"p. 108
"Reader's Digest Threatened . . ."p. 110
"Captain Blood"p. 111
"The Retort Transcendental"p. 115
"More Songs for Meller"p. 117
"A Strange Story"p. 119
"The Prisoner of Zembla"p. 120
The Horace Greeley Storyp. 122
"Maxims from the Chinese"p. 125
The Human Muddle
Briefly Speakingp. 131
"Tain't So"p. 131
"The Busy-Body, No. 4"p. 135
"The Drinker's Dictionary"p. 138
"Add Hot Water; Serves Fourteen Million"p. 143
"A Comedy in Rubber"p. 148
"How to Tell a Fine Old Wine"p. 152
"Fake French in Nine (Neuf) Easy Lessons"p. 155
Briefly Speakingp. 158
"Bye-Bye, Silver Bullets"p. 158
Duke and Douphin Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnp. 161
Emmeline Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnp. 166
Briefly Speakingp. 170
This Sex Problem
A Perplexing Questionp. 175
Briefly Speakingp. 177
"Fate Keeps On Happening"p. 177
"How Much Should a Woman Eat?"p. 185
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"p. 187
"What Did We Do Wrong?"p. 191
Three Lettersp. 198
"Old Mistresses Apologue"p. 203
"Somewhere a Roscoe . . ."p. 204
Parody, Burlesque, Criticism, and Pain
"What He Told Me"p. 213
"Pornocopia"p. 216
"Cloudland Revisited: Roll On, Thou Deep and Dark Scenario, Roll"p. 222
"A Talkative Jerk"p. 227
"The Correspondent-School Linguist"p. 233
"How Love Came to General Grant"p. 234
"My Cat Book Won't Come"p. 242
"Sitting on a Seesaw"p. 245
"Muck-a-Muck"p. 249
"A Book Review"p. 254
"The Making of Theodore H. White"p. 257
"From There to Infinity"p. 261
Briefly Speakingp. 265
Family Life
"Society Wedding: A Swinging Social Soiree"p. 271
"To Irving Hoffman"p. 274
Briefly Speakingp. 275
Excerpt from Vital Partsp. 276
"How to Eat an Ice-Cream Cone"p. 290
"A Hard Case"p. 295
"Stop Ironing the Diapers"p. 296
Four Dialoguesp. 299
"Ode to Thanksgiving"p. 304
Excerpt from Portnoy's Complaintp. 307
"To Harry Kurnitz"p. 310
Geographical Sneers
Briefly Speakingp. 315
"The Hazards of Journalism..."p. 315
"Can New York Save Itself?"p. 317
"The Foolish Woman"p. 326
"A Nation of Shopkeepers Loses Three of Them through Contact with a Nation of Violence"p. 327
"The Capital of a Great Republic"p. 333
"Third World Driving Hints and Tips"p. 334
Briefly Speakingp. 338
"Texas Observed"p. 338
Politics and Patriots
"Man and Lightning"p. 347
Lieutenant Scheisskopfp. 347
"How Old Abe Received the News of His Nomination"p. 358
"A Romance - William Barker, the Young Patriot"p. 359
"The Draft in Baldinsville"p. 360
"Nasby Shows Why He Should Not Be Drafted"p. 363
"Nasby Writes His Flock from a Union Jail"p. 364
Cables from the White Housep. 366
"Two Letters, Both Open"p. 368
"Woman Suffrage"p. 372
"Salmagundi No. XI"p. 374
"Coolidge"p. 379
"Call This a Govment!" Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnp. 382
"Backwacking: A Plea to the Senator"p. 384
"The Great Starch Debate"p. 389
Briefly Speakingp. 394
Media
"The Years with Navasky"p. 399
"The XI P.M. Report"p. 403
"Journalese, or Why English Is the Second Language of the Fourth Estate"p. 405
"The Lowell-Hawthorne Incident"p. 414
"Informed Opinion, the Lifeblood of Our Way of Lifep. 416
"Partners"p. 418
"Press Relations"p. 420
"A Matter of Style"p. 425
"The Cape Codder"p. 429
"Drill for a Rookie"p. 431
Fable, Lore, and Fantasy
"The Patient Toiler Who Got It in the Usual Place"p. 443
"The Fable of How the Fool-Killer Backed Out of a Contract"p. 444
"The Fable of the Slim Girl Who Tried to Keep a Date That Was Never Made"p. 445
"The Fable of the Copper and the Jovial Undergrads"p. 446
"The Two Turkeys"p. 448
"The Tiger Who Understood People"p. 449
"The Lion Who Wanted to Zoom"p. 450
"The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing"p. 451
"The Tortoise and the Hare"p. 452
Talking Mule Storyp. 453
Competition for a Girlp. 454
Woman's Strength Storyp. 455
Squinch Owl Storyp. 458
"the coming of archy"p. 459
"mehitabel was once cleopatra"p. 461
"mehitabel and her kittens"p. 462
"mehitabel dances with boreas"p. 466
"How to Tell a True Princess"p. 470
"A Bedtime Story"p. 471
God Visits Hellp. 474
Ten Primer Lessonsp. 477
"The Angel of the Odd"p. 483
Looking Back
"Uncle Dockery and the Independent Bull"p. 495
"Reunion in Gehenna"p. 500
Uncle Haroldp. 505
"My Old Man and the Lascivious Special Award"p. 511
"The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down"p. 523
"Father and His Pet Rug"p. 527
"The Night the Ghost Got In"p. 531
A Gnashing of Humorists
"Sauce for the Gander"p. 541
Letter to John J. McCarthyp. 545
"The Fundamentals of Contemporary Courtesy"p. 546
Excerpts from The Devil's Dictionaryp. 552
"Fear of Flying Isn't Groundless"p. 554
"Manners"p. 556
"The Joggers' Prayer"p. 559
"The Waiting Game"p. 560
"Political Economy"p. 561
"My Watch"p. 566
"A Little Flight Music"p. 568
"Uncle Edith's Ghost Story"p. 571
Notes on the Contributorsp. 575
Copyright Acknowledgmentsp. 587
Indexp. 595
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780393035926
ISBN-10: 0393035921
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 1st October 1993
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1

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