Humor of the Old Southwest

ISBN-10: 0820316059
ISBN-13: 9780820316055
Edition: 3rd 1994 (Revised)
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Description: One of the most entertaining genres of American literature is the bold, masculine, wildly exaggerated, and highly imaginative frontier humor of the Old Southwest, produced between 1835 and 1861 in an area that extended from Virginia, the Carolinas,  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 9/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

One of the most entertaining genres of American literature is the bold, masculine, wildly exaggerated, and highly imaginative frontier humor of the Old Southwest, produced between 1835 and 1861 in an area that extended from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia westward to Lousiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. Hennig Cohen and William B. Dillingham have tapped the wealth of this region to produce a collection that over the last three decades has become the standard anthology of Old Southwestern humor.This new, extensively revised edition includes an expanded introduction, a dozen replacement sections, an updated bibliography, and works by three new writers--Phillip B. January, Matthew C. Field, and John Gorman Barr. Most generously represented are George Washington Harris, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, and Thomas Bangs Thorpe. Selections from twenty-five authors are featured along with brief biographical essays that combine historical and political analysis with perceptive literary criticism. These selections document important facets of antebellum American culture and provide the background of the literary achievement of Mark Twain and William Faulkner.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition (1975)
Introduction
Awful History of Young Dred Drake
Letter from the South
The Lion of the West
Bear Hunting in Tennessee
A Useful Coon Skin
Crockett's Morning Hunt
The Horse Swap
The Fight
The Shooting Match
Jones' Fight
Slow Traveling by Steam
A Tennessee Door-Keeper
The Consolate Widow
Breaking a Bank
Interview with an Editor
A Swim for a Deer
Chunkey's Fight with the Panthers
A Superb Wild Horse
Bill Dean, the Texan Ranger
A Lyncher's Own Story
Honey Run
Stopping to Wood
Death of Mike Fink
Kicking a Yankee
Scenes and Characters in Arkansas
Pete Whetstone's Bear Hunt
Pete Whetstone's Last Frolic
Pete Whetstone and the Mail Boy
Dan Looney's Big Fight in Illinois
"Famus or No Famus"
Larkin Snow, the Miller
Ham Rachel, of Alabama
Parson Squint: By Skitt, Who Has Seen Him
Hardshell
The Prince of Morocco on Horseback
The Major in an Embarrassing Situation
The Major Skins the Cat
The Christmas Present in a Bag
The Coon-Hunt: or, A Fency Country
Major Jones at the Opera
Swallowing an Oyster Alive
Nettle Bottom Ball
Fun with a "Bar"
The Standing Candidate: His Excuse for Being a Bachelor
Smoking a Grizzly
A Sleep-Walking Incident
Sut Lovingood's Daddy, Acting Horse
Parson John Bullen's Lizards
Blown Up with Soda
Sicily Burns's Wedding
Mrs. Yardley's Quilting
Rare Ripe Garden-Seed
Contempt of Court - Almost
The Last Duel in Loaferville
That Big Dog Fight at Myers's
Simon Plays the "Snatch" Game
Simon Gets a "Soft Snap" out of His Daddy
Simon Speculates
Simon Fights "The Tiger" and Gets Whipped
Simon Becomes Captain
The Captain Attends a Camp-Meeting
Daddy Biggs' Scrape at Cockerell's Bend
The Bar of the South-West
Ovid Bolus, Esq., Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery: A Fragment
Simon Suggs, Jr., Esq.
Jo, Heyfron
The Big Bear of Arkansas
A Piano in "Arkansaw"
The Disgraced Scalp-Lock
How Mike Hooter Came Very Near "Walloping" Arch Coony
How Sally Hooter Got Snake-Bit
Lije Benadix
Rance Bore-'em
New York Drummer's Ride to Greensboro'
A Lively Village; or, Brisk Speculation in a New Commodity
Cupping on the Sternum
A Tight Race Considerin'
The Indefatigable Bear-Hunter
A Struggle for Life
The Harp of a Thousand Strings
Where the Lion Roareth and the Wang-doodle Mourneth
The Courtship of Billy Fishback, Army Straggler
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