Southwestern Humor Criticism: George Washington Harris - Essay

M. Thomas Inge (essay date 1992)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Inge, M. Thomas. “The Satiric Artistry of George Washington Harris.” In Faulkner, Sut, and Other Southerners, pp. 77-87. West Cornwall, Conn.: Locust Hill Press, 1992.

[In the following essay, Inge regards George Washington Harris as a satirist of the highest order and praises his creation of the Sut Lovingood character.]

Among the nineteenth-century American humorists of the old Southwest, a Tennessean named George Washington Harris, above all others, has elicited the admiration of modern readers for his salient comic artistry and ingenious control of language. Highly effective characterization, a sharp eye for descriptive detail in action and...

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Pascal Covici, Jr. (essay date 1996)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Covici, Pascal, Jr. “Propriety, Society, and Sut Lovingood: Vernacular Gentility in Action.” In Sut Lovingood's Nat'ral Born Yarnspinner: Essays on George Washington Harris, edited by James E. Caron and M. Thomas Inge, pp. 246-60. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996.

[In the following essay, Covici discusses George Washington Harris' Sut Lovingood tales as a violation of nineteenth-century societal norms of propriety and civility.]

If propriety can be said to have its fictional antithesis, George Washington Harris's Sut Lovingood has the nomination, so far as his delightedly disgusted readers can tell. Edmund Wilson, the most prestigious critic to...

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