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Routledge Revivals: The Literary Humour of the Urban Northeast 1830-1890 (1983)

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ISBN 9780815396604
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Book Description

The Literary Humour of the Urban Northeast brings together works by such writers as Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, Marietta Holley, and the literary comedians Artemus Ward and Josh Billings. The northern writers chronicled a fast-moving world, dominated by government and business. In this anthology, David Sloane recovers satiric writings of the north-eastern humourists of the nineteenth century, a literary school that was formed in the crucible of the daily newspaper. Written to appeal to a newly urbanized audience experiencing the impact of the Industrial Revolution, these humorous articles, sketches and ballads responded to a rapidly changing nation still clinging to rural preconceptions but at the same time beginning to know a sharper more precarious kind of existence.

Table of Contents



1. James K. Paulding

2. Joseph C. Neal

3. George P. Morris

4. Thomas C. Haliburton

5. Seba Smith and Elizabeth Oakes Smith (Mrs. Seba Smith)

6. P.T. Barnum

7. Mortimer N. Thomson (Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B.)

8. E. Jane Gay (Truman Trumbull, A.M.)

9. Charles Leland

10. Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain)

11. John W. DeForest

12. Marietta Holley (Josiah Allen’s Wife)

13. Futher Selections from Various Sources

14. Biographical Essay

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