American humorists by Thorp, Willard

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New York: Universal Library (Grosset and Dunlap). 65. A Rock in Every Snowball. New York: Universal Library. 45. Thompson, William Tappan. Major Jones's Courtship. Philadelphia: Carey, 1844. Major Jones's Chronicles of Pineville. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. Thorpe, Thomas Bangs. The Mysteries of the Backwoods. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1846. " New York: Appleton, 1854. Thurber, James. The Owl in the Attic. New York: Universal Library. 25. The Thurber Carnival. New York: Dell. 75. Thurber Country.

Orpheus C. Kerr"). The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. First, second, and third series. ; New York: Carleton, 1865. Perelman, S. J. The Most of S. J. Perelman. New York: Simon and Schuster. 45. Shaw, Henry Wheeler ("Josh Billings"). Everybody's Friend, or Josh Billings' Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor. : American Publishing Company, 1874. Smith, Seba. My Thirty Years out of the Senate, by Major Jack Downing. New York: Oaksmith, 1859. ) Sullivan, Frank. A Pearl in Every Oyster.

Nonsense humor is not gibberish. It leads somewhere though the reader is thrown for a loss if he tries to speculate where. As James Thurber remarked, it cannot be manufactured by writing opening sentences with nothing in mind, and then trying to create a story round them: such sentences as "Mrs. " In the best nonsense humor the reader finds himself in a world where strange flowers with unbotanical names bloom menacingly, the slithy toves gyre and gimble in the wabe and the frumious Bandersnatch is to be shunned.

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