Wry Harvest

Wry Harvest : An Anthology of Midwest Humor

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If you live in the Midwest, you have to know how to laugh. Tornados, floods, drought, and miles and miles of flat land: if you don't have a sense of humor, you might want to consider living somewhere else. Humor is as natural to the Midwest as cow pats and corn mazes, seed caps and road kill, Johnny Carson and David Letterman.This book gathers some of the best stories from the humorists of the big belly of America, past and present. Here are Mark Twain, George Ade, Finley Peter Dunne, Don Marquis, and Ring Lardner; James Thurber, Ruth McKenney, Erma Bombeck, Calvin Trillin, and Garrison Keillor-Midwesterners, one and all. There's even a piece from William Dean Howells, not usually known for his knock-me-down humor. You'll also find tales from Ambrose Bierce, Kin Hubbard, Sinclair Lewis, Mike Royko, Donald Kaul, P. J. O'Rourke, and Bill Bryson.Here is a book to curl up with when the cows don't come home, the crick's flooded, and the fox has bedded down in the henhouse. It'll put a smile on your face and make you glad you don't live in New York City, even if you do.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253218721
  • 9780253218728

About Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb is Associate Professor of Communication at the College of Charleston. He is author of Blackout: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training and Drawn to Extremes: The Limits of Editorial Cartoons in the United States (forthcoming). He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.show more

Table of contents

ContentsIntroductionMark Twain (18351910)How to Tell a StoryThe Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras CountyThe Story of the Good Little BoyThe McWilliamses and the Burglar AlarmWilliam Dean Howells (18371920)Christmas Every DayAmbrose Bierce (18421914 ?)Curried CowAn Imperfect ConflagrationGeorge Ade (18661944)The Wonderful Meal of VittlesThe Patient Toiler Who Got It in the Usual PlaceThe Fable of How the Fool-Killer Backed Out of a ContractThe Fable of the Copper and the Jovial UndergradsEverybody's Friend and the Line BuckerFinley Peter Dunne (18671936)On War PreparationsOn His Cousin GeorgeOn Reform CandidatesFrank McKinley "Kin" Hubbard (18681930)The PeopleGossipThe Amy Purviance Murder CaseDon Marquis (18781937)Introducing the Old SoakLook Out for Crime Waves!The Barroom and the ArtsRing Lardner (18851933)Alibi IkeHaircutSinclair Lewis (18851951)George F. Babbitt Begins His DayJames Thurber (18941961)The Night the Bed FellUniversity DaysRuth McKenney (19111972)A Loud Sneer for Our Feathered FriendsErma Bombeck (19271996)Don't Worry... I'll ManageThe Garage SaleThe Ides of May"Mom and Dad! I'm Home"Mike Royko (19321997)A Pitch for Opening DayView from HoosierdomeIndiana's Not AloneDonald Kaul (1925 )House Calls and Other Folk MedicineEat Your Heart Out, Luther BurbankCalvin Trillin (1935 )Alice, Let's EatMissouri UncompromisedPinko ProblemsGarrison Keillor (1942 )HomeP. J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (1947 )Intellectual Wilderness, Ho-A Visit to Harvard's 350th Anniversary CelebrationBill Bryson (1951 )show more

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