Encyclopedia of British Humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese, Tom 1

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Steven H. Gale
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - 1307
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HUMOR IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BRITISH LIFE AND LITERATURE
In "The Screwtape Letters, " C.S. Lewis's title character observes that Jokes and Flippancy are valued so highly by the English, "who take their 'sense of humour' so seriously that a deficiency in this sense is almost the only deficiency at which they feel shame." J.B. Priestly, too, in a related observation comments: "It is curious that so few foreigners have noticed that we English are a humorous race....In no other country will you hear so much talk about a sense of humour."
COVERS HUMOROUS LITERATURE FROM MEDIEVAL TO MODERN TIMES
Now for the first time, a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work tackles the subject of humor as it has been expressed in British literature, from "Beowulf" to the present. The 206 signed original essays represent the work of 119 scholars from seven countries and diverse disciplines. Major literary figures such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, G.B. Shaw, and Noel Coward are included, as well as lesser known lights such as Francis Beaumont, Stella Gibbons, and George Du Maurier. Readers may be surprised to learn that other literary luminaries such as W.H. Auden, Winston Churchill, Samuel Johnson, and Edith Sitwell have also produced humorous writings.
ANALYZES LITERARY AND COMIC TECHNIQUES
The most important feature of the essays is their literary analysis, which provides an overview of the author's writings, as well as in-depth analyses of comic techniques in the subject's major works. A biography helps place the writer in historical context, providing such information as the place and date of birth, education, honors and achievements, marital status, and place and date of death. In addition to the signed essays, the "Encyclopedia" includes a preface, a chronological index, a list of pseudonyms, an introduction, a list of the contributors, and an index.
 

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Acknowledgments xiii Preface
639
Chronological Index xxxi Pseudonyms
711
Volume 1
762
Ackerley J
763
9O8 Russell Bertrand Arthur
909
Russell Willy
912
Saki
919
Scoggin John
922
Suckling John
1080
Swift Jonathan
1085
Symons Arthur William
1093
Tarlton Richard
1103
Taylor John
1106
Thomas Dylan
1113
Tinniswood Peter
1118
Tolkien J R
1123

Seaman Owen
924
Secombe Harry Donald
926
Shaffer Peter Levin
931
Shakespeare William
938
Sharpe
950
Shaw George Bernard
957
Shenstone William
967
Sheridan Richard Brinsley
969
Shirley James
974
Sidney Philip
980
Sillitoe Alan
984
Simple Peter joint pseudonyml Wharton Michael
994
100O Simpson N
1002
Sitwell Edith
1007
Skelton John
1013
Smith Sydney
1018
1O26 Smollett Tobias George
1026
Somerville and Ross joint pseu donyml Somerville Edith Anna Oenone
1034
Martin Violet Florence
1035
Southey Robert
1041
Spark Muriel Sarah
1046
Steele Richard
1050
Sterne Laurence
1057
Stoppard
1067
Strachey Lytton
1075
Townsend
1132
Travers
1136
Trollope Anthony
1141
Ustinov Peter
1153
Vajda Albert
1163
Wakefield Master
1165
Waller Edmund
1168
Waterhouse Keith Spencer
1173
Waugh Auberon Alexander
1183
Waugh Evelyn Arthur St John
1189
Wells H
1195
Wilde Oscar
1199
Willans Geoffrey
1207
Wilson Sandy
1212
Wodehouse P
1217
Wycherley William
1227
Contributors
1233
Adams Douglas 10 Addison Joseph
1253
Amis Kingsley 22 Amis Martin Louis 26 Anderson Lindsay Gordon
1254
Anstey E 38 Armin Robert 41 Armstrong John
1255
Auden W H 59 Austen Jane 66 Ayckbourn Alan 73 Bagnold Enid Algerine 77 Barnes Peter 85 Barrie James Matthew
1256
Bashford Henry Howarth 92 Beaumont Francis
1257
511
1273
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Gale is the Endowed Chair of the Humanitites at Kentucky State University.

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