9780452011748

American Satire An Anthology of Writings from Colonial Times to the Present

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  • ISBN13:

    9780452011748

  • ISBN10:

    0452011744

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-04-01
  • Publisher: Plume

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Summary

Throughout American history, satire has attracted the country's best writers. From Ben Franklin's cutting satiric attacks on British policy toward the American colonies to Mark Twain's "American Abroad" to Art Buchwald's "Pictures From Vietnam", this collection entertains while it informs, providing an excellent overview of American satirical prose and poetry. 468 pp

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Thomas Morton (ca. 1590--ca. 1647)
1(8)
New English Canaan
2(7)
Ebenezer Cook (fl. 1708)
9(22)
The Sot-Weed Factor
9(22)
Francis Hopkinson (1737--1791)
31(17)
A Pretty Story
32(16)
Benjamin Franklin (1706--1790)
48(17)
On Sending Felons to America
48(3)
The Sale of the Hessians
51(2)
Model of a Letter of Recommendation
53(1)
Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One
53(8)
Humourous Reasons for Restoring Canada
61(4)
Alexander Hamilton (1712--1756)
65(11)
The Tuesday Club
66(10)
Philip Freneau (1752--1832)
76(18)
The British Prison Ship
76(18)
Hugh Brackenridge (1748--1816)
94(19)
Modern Chivalry
95(18)
Washington Irving (1783--1859)
113(31)
Tales of a Traveler
114(30)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804--1864)
144(18)
The Celestial Railroad
144(18)
Fanny Fern (1811--1872)
162(11)
Have We Any Men Among Us?
162(2)
Tom Pax's Conjugal Soliloquy
164(2)
To Gentlemen
166(1)
Has a Mother a Right to Her Children?
167(2)
Fresh Leaves
169(1)
A Chapter for Parents
170(3)
James Russell Lowell (1819--1891)
173(17)
The Biglow Papers
174(16)
Ambrose Bierce (1842--1914?)
190(22)
The Devil's Dictionary
190(22)
Finley Peter Dunne (1867--1936)
212(11)
Mr. Dooley
212(11)
Mark Twain (1835--1910)
223(36)
Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
223(13)
A Helpless Situation
236(5)
Advice to Youth
241(3)
The Art of Inhumation (from Life on the Mississippi)
244(3)
American in Europe (from A Tramp Abroad)
247(8)
The War Prayer
255(4)
George Ade (1866--1944)
259(30)
The Sultan of Sulu
259(30)
Stephen Crane (1871--1900)
289(3)
A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices
290(1)
War Is Kind
290(2)
Guy Wetmore Carryl (1873--1904)
292(6)
How Little Red Riding Hood Came to be Eaten
292(3)
How Rudeness and Kindness Were Justly Rewarded
295(3)
Edith Wharton (1862--1937)
298(47)
Xingu
298(24)
Expiation
322(23)
H.L. Mencken (1880--1956)
345(6)
Rondo on an Ancient Theme
346(5)
Sinclair Lewis (1885--1951)
351(18)
A Letter from the Queen
352(17)
Will Rogers (1879--1935)
369(6)
A Day at the Republican Convention
369(2)
At the Democratic Convention
371(4)
Dorothy Parker (1893--1967)
375(7)
Words, Words, Words
375(4)
Far From Well
379(2)
Comment
381(1)
One Perfect Rose
381(1)
James Thurber (1894--1961)
382(6)
Tom, the Young Kidnapper
383(5)
Langston Hughes (1902--1967)
388(3)
Ballad of the Landlord
388(2)
Ku Klux
390(1)
American Heartbreak
390(1)
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-- )
391(15)
In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself
391(15)
Russell Baker (1925-- )
406(9)
Universal Military Motion
406(9)
Art Buchwald (1925-- )
415(5)
Pictures from Vietnam
415(2)
Telling the Truth
417(3)
Gore Vidal (1925-- )
420(17)
Ronnie and Nancy: A Life in Pictures
420(17)
Calvin Trillin (1935-- )
437(4)
Old Marrieds
438(3)
P.J. O'Rourke (1947-- )
441(7)
The Innocents Abroad, Updated
441(7)
Molly Ivins (1944-- )
448(5)
H. Ross Went Seven Bubbles Off Plumb (and Other Tales)
448(5)
New Heights of Piffle
453

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