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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
whose Irish-American witticisms deserve more extended mention. A remarkable type of later slang, that in vented by an author and yet perfectly intelligible to all alert Americans, reached its apogee in the work of George Ade, whose Fables in slang (1900) have been followed by several volumes of a similar method. Humorists who did not rely upon dialect for their main effect usually began on the humour of a particular locality and gradually extended their range. Miss Marietta Holley as Josiah Allen's Wife from up-state New York has for more than forty years applied shrewd observation and the homeliest common sense to the popular amusements and fashionable problems of the day. My opinions and Betsy Bobbett's (1873) and Samantha at Saratoga (1887) established her reputation as a keen deviser of ludicrous incidents and impossible social blunders. James Montgomery Bailey (The Danbury news Man ) and Robert Jones Burdette (The Hawkeye Man) attained a more than local vogue as newspaper c