By Arthur Power Dudden
The paramount query replied during this soaking up selection of essays is: what is so humorous approximately American humor, and why? What are American humor's features? How have they developed and displayed themselves? Which features are distinctively, or maybe uniquely, American? initially showing as a topic of the yank Quarterly, those essays take an in depth examine American humor from progressive occasions to the current day, and especially specialize in the ignored tendencies of the prior fifty years. American comedian figures as diverse--and even surprising--as Mark Twain and Richard Nixon, at quite a few automobiles for American humor resembling comedian strips, radio and tv, videos, and standup comedians, and at diversified genres of humor together with political, ethnic, and feminist humor, this ebook brings a full of life new standpoint to the examine of yankee tradition.
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His vision concludes with a prophecy of America's future greatness: To glory, wealth and fame ascend, Her commerce rise, her realms extend; Where now the panther guards his den, Her desart forests swarm with men, Her cities, tow'rs and columns rise, And dazzling temples meet the skies; Her pines descending to the main, In triumph spread the watry plain, Ride inland lakes with fav'ring gales, And croud her ports with whit'ning sails; Till to the skirts of western day, The peopled regions own her sway [IV, 1033 44].
Yet in spite of a rare vein of humor, . . he made his way slowly to polite recognition. " See The Beginnings of Critical Realism in America, 1860 1920 (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1930), 86. 3. Larzer Ziff discusses some of the ironies of this election ceremony in The American 1890's: Life and Times of a Lost Generation (New York: Viking Press, (966), 34547. 26 Alan Gribben decade, has gained many adherents. During Clemens's lifetime, Matthew Arnold, John Nichol, and Henry James were among the skeptics regarding his mounting reputation, but their reservations were balanced by the enthusiasm of commentators like Joel Chandler Harris, who in 1908 called Mark Twain "our greatest writer of fiction," and Howells, who termed him, memorably, the Lincoln of our literature.
1775, Trumbull stated that he drew his satirical picture of a town meeting "from the life," but the form of his statement today seems unintentionally paradoxical: "The Picture of the Townmeeting is drawn from the life, with as proper lights, shades & Colouring as I could give it, & is I fancy no bad likeness" (quoted in Gimmestad, John Trumbull, 88). Once again Trumbull is trying to express the immediacy of a real event by the paradoxical expedient of viewing it through a lens provided by an older, more established artistic form—in this case, the formal portrait.
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