American Humor Writing Broader Impacts - Essay

Broader Impacts

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Clarence Gohdes

SOURCE: "Humor," in American Literature in Nineteenth-Century England, Columbia University Press, 1944, pp. 71-98.

[In the following excerpt, Gohdes documents the zeal with which British readers consumed American humor writing and speculates on the source of that popularity.]

So impressive is the avidity with which the English consumed the products of transatlantic wits and drolls during the period immediately following the Civil War that the historian who attempts even such a superficial survey as the present one may well be asked to assign causes for the phenomenon.

Of course no explanations of quirks in...

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