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Russell Baker's Book of American Humor

by Russell Baker (Editor)

Other authors: George Ade (Contributor), Fred Allen (Contributor), Woody Allen (Contributor), Roger Angell (Contributor), Michael J. Arlen (Contributor)71 more, Dave Barry (Contributor), Donald Barthelme (Contributor), Robert Benchley (Contributor), Thomas Berger (Contributor), Ambrose Bierce (Contributor), Roy Blount, Jr. (Contributor), Erma Bombeck (Contributor), Art Buchwald (Contributor), Clarence Day (Contributor), Peter De Vries (Contributor), Finley Peter Dunne (Contributor), Barbara Ehrenreich (Contributor), Stanley Elkin (Contributor), Bob Elliott (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Nora Ephron (Contributor), Eugene Field (Contributor), Fannie Flagg (Contributor), Benjamin Franklin (Contributor), Bruce Jay Friedman (Contributor), Frank Gannon (Contributor), William Geist (Contributor), Veronica Geng (Contributor), Ray Goulding (Contributor), Bret Harte (Contributor), Joseph Heller (Contributor), O. Henry (Contributor), L. Rust Hills (Contributor), Chester Himes (Contributor), Arthur Hoppe (Contributor), Kin Hubbard (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Molly Ivins (Contributor), Nunnally Johnson (Contributor), Garrison Keillor (Contributor), Larry L. King (Contributor), Antonina Krass (Designer), Ring Lardner (Contributor), Fran Lebowitz (Contributor), John Leo (Contributor), A.J. Liebling (Contributor), Abraham Lincoln (Contributor), David Ross Locke (Contributor), Anita Loos (Contributor), Don Marquis (Contributor), Groucho Marx (Contributor), Thomas Meehan (Contributor), H.L. Mencken (Contributor), Joseph Mitchell (Contributor), Michael O’Donoghue (Contributor), P.J. O’Rourke (Contributor), S.J. Perelman (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Leo Rosten (Contributor), Philip Roth (Contributor), Mike Royko (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), Jean Shepherd (Contributor), Donald Ogden Stewart (Contributor), Frank Sullivan (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Calvin Trillin (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Bill Vaughan (Contributor), Artemus Ward (Contributor), Mae West (Contributor), E.B. White (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor), William K. Zinsser (Contributor)

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Baker surveys this territory in this rich treasury and stakes it out in a dozen sections. Roaming through them, the reader will find P.J. O'Rourke, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

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Here are some stories from the dark side of life.
I came to Mark Twain's Tragedy of Pudd'nhead late in life and raced through it in two days.
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Baker surveys this territory in this rich treasury and stakes it out in a dozen sections. Roaming through them, the reader will find P.J. O'Rourke, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

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Anthology contains:
  • Section One: Comical-Tragical Tales
    • Clothes Make the Man / Nunnally Johnson
    • Jack Schmidt, Arts Administrator / Garrison Keillor
    • Ex Parte / Ring Lardner
    • Confessions of a Humorist / O. Henry
    • The Mourner / Bruce Jay Friedman
    • The Death of Julius Caesar / Leo Rosten
    • Broadway Complex / Damon Runyon
  • Section Two: Shameless Frivolity
    • Contributors to This Issue / Robert Renchley
    • Hymn to Ham / Roy Blout, Jr.
    • Song to Bacon / Roy Blout, Jr.
    • Song to Grease / Roy Blout, Jr.
    • A Look at Organzied Crime / Woody Allen
    • There Ain’t No Justice / Chester Himes
    • Wally Ballou Visits Studely House / Bob and Ray
    • Exam Time / Robert Benchley
    • Reader’s Digest Threatened … / Bill Vaughan
    • Captain Blood / Donald Barthelme
    • The Retort Transcendental / E.B. White
    • More Songs for Meller / Robert Benchley
    • A Strange Story / O. Henry
    • The Prisoner of Zembla / O. Henry
    • The Horace Greeley Story / Mark Twain
    • Maxims from the Chinese / Robert Benchley
  • Section Three: The Human Muddle
    • Briefly Speaking / Finley Peter Dunne
    • Tain’t So / Langston Hughes
    • The Busy-Body, No. 4 / Benjamin Franklin
    • The Drinker’s Dictionary / Benjamin Franklin
    • Add Hot Water, Serves Fourteen Million / Thomas Meehan
    • A Comedy in Rubber / O. Henry
    • How to Tell a Fine Old Wine / James Thurber
    • Fake French in Nine (Neuf) Easy Lessons / P.J. O’Rourke
    • Briefly Speaking / Finley Peter Dunne
    • Bye-Bye, Silver Bullets / Russell Baker
    • Duke and Dauphin excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
    • Emmeline excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
    • Briefly Speaking / Finley Peter Dunne
  • Section Four: This Sex Problem
    • A Perplexing Question / Fannie Flagg
    • Briefly Speaking / Mae West
    • Fate Keeps on Happening / Anita Loos
    • How Much Should a Woman Eat? / H.L. Mencken
    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty /James Thurber
    • What Did We Do Wrong? / Garrison Keillor
    • Three Letters / Abraham Lincoln
    • Old Mistresses Apologue / Benjamin Franklin
    • Somewhere a Roscoe / S.J. Perelman
  • Section Five: Parody, Burlesque, Criticism, and Pain
    • What He Told Me / Frank Gannon
    • Pornocopia / Michael O’Donoghue
    • Cloudland Revisited: Roll On, Thou Deep and Dark Scenario, Roll / S.J. Perelman
    • A Talkative Jerk / A.J. Liebling
    • The Correspondent-School Linguist / Robert Benchley
    • How Love Came to General Grant / Donald Ogden Stewart
    • My Cat Book Won’t Come / Roy Blount, Jr.
    • Sitting on a Seesaw / Roy Blount, Jr.
    • Muck-a-Much / Bret Harte
    • A Book Review / Finley Peter Dunne
    • The Making of Theodore H. White / Nora Ephron
    • From There to Infinity / Peter DeVries
    • Briefly Speaking / Kin Hubbard
  • Section Six: Family Life
    • Society Wedding: A Swinging Social Soiree / William Grant
    • To Irving Hoffman / Groucho Marx
    • Briefly Speaking / Finley Peter Dunne
    • Excerpt from Vital Parts / Thomas Berger
    • How to Eat an Ice-Cream Cone / L. Rust Hills
    • A Hard Case / Artemus Ward
    • Stop Ironing the Diapers / Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Four Dialogues / Erma Bombeck
    • Ode to Thanksgiving / Michael Arlen
    • Excerpt from Portnoy’s Complaint / Philip Roth
    • To Harry Kurnitz / Grouch Marx
  • Section Seven: Geographical Sneers
    • Briefly Speaking / Fred Allen
    • The Hazards of Journalism / Bill Vaughan
    • Can New York Save Itself? / Dave Barry
    • The Foolish Woman / Ambrose Bierce
    • A Nation of Shopkeepers Loves Three of Them through Contact with a Nation of Violence / Calvin Trillin
    • The Capital of a Great Republic / H.L. Mencken
    • Third World Driving Hints and Tips / P.J. O’Rourke
    • Briefly Speaking / Fred Allen
    • Texas Observed / Molly Ivins
  • Section Eight: Politics and Patriots
    • Man and Lightning / Ambrose Bierce
    • Lieutenant Scheissskopf / Joseph Heller
    • How Old Abe Received the News of His Nomination / Artemus Ward
    • A Romance – William Barker, the Young Patriot / Artemus Ward
    • The Draft in Baldinville / Artemus Ward
    • Nasby Shows Why He Should Not Be Drafted / Artemus Ward
    • Cables from the White House / Abraham Lincoln
    • Two Letters, Both Open / E.B. White
    • Woman Suffrage / Finley Peter Dunne
    • Salmagundi No. XI, Washington Irving
    • Coolidge / H.L. Mencken
    • Call This a Government! excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
    • Backwacking: A Plea to the Senator / Ralph Ellison
    • The Great Starch Debate / Roger Angell
    • Briefly Speaking / Finley Peter Dunne
  • Section Nine: Media
    • The Years with Navasky / Calvin Trillin
    • The XI P.M. Report / Russell Baker
    • Journalese, or Why English Is the Second Language of the Fourth Estate / John Leo
    • The Lowell-Hawthorne Incident / Eugene Field
    • Informed Opinion, the Lifeblood of Our Way of Life / Bill Vaughan
    • Partners / Veronica Geng
    • Press Relations / Art Buchwald
    • A Matter of Style / Larry L. King
    • The Cape Codder / Fred Allen
    • Drill for a Rookie / H.L. Mencken
  • Section Ten: Fable, Lore, and Fantasy
    • The Patient Toiler Who Got It in the Usual Place / George Ade
    • The Fable of How the Fool-Killer Backed Out of a Contract / George Ade
    • The Fable of the Slim Girl Who Tried to Keep a Date That Was Never Made / George Ade
    • The Fable of the Copper and the Jovial Undergrads / George Ade
    • The Two Turkeys / James Thurber
    • The Tiger Who Understood People / James Thurber
    • The Lion Who Wanted to Zoom / James Thurber
    • The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing / James Thurber
    • The Tortoise and the Hare / James Thurber
    • Talking Mule Story / Zora Neale Hurston
    • Competition for a Girl / Zora Neale Hurston
    • Woman’s Strength Story / Zora Neale Hurston
    • Squinch Owl Story / Zora Neale Hurston
    • the coming of archy / Don Marquis
    • mehitable was once cleopatra / Don Marquis
    • mehitable and her kittens / Don Marquis
    • mehitable dances with boreas / Don Marquis
    • How to Tell a True Princess / Ring Lardner
    • A Bedtime Story / Ring Lardner
    • God Visits Hell / Stanley Elkin
    • Ten Primer Lessons / Eugene Field
    • The Angel of the Odd / Edgar Allen Poe
  • Section Eleven: Looking Back
    • Uncle Dockery and the Independent Bull / Joseph Mitchell
    • Reunion in Gehanna / S.J. Perelman
    • Uncle Harold / Russell Baker
    • My Old Man and the Lascivious Special Award / Jean Shepherd
    • The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down / Frank Sullivan
    • Father and His Pet Rug / Clarence Day
    • The Night the Ghost Got In / James Thurber
  • Section Twelve: A Gnashing of Humorists
    • Sauce for the Gander / S.J. Perelman
    • Letter to John J. McCarthy / Fred Allen
    • The Fundamentals of Contemporary Courtesy / P.J. O’Rourke
    • Excerpts from The Devil’s Dictionary / Ambrose Bierce
    • Fear of Flying Isn’t Groundless / Mike Royko
    • Manners / Fran Lebowitz
    • The Joggers’ Prayer / Tom Wolfe
    • The Waiting Game / Arthur Hoppe
    • Political Economy / Mark Twain
    • My Watch / Mark Twain
    • A Little Flight Music / William K. Zinsser
    • Uncle Edith’s Ghost Story / Robert Benchley
  • Notes on the Contributors
  • Copyright Acknowledgments
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