American Literature








  General Index

  wit & humor


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Angell, Barbara, “Ulabel Lume” (c.1990): parody of Poe
Bankhead, Tallulah (1902-1968), politically incorrect quotations
Barlow, Joel, humor from “The Hasty Pudding” (1796)
Benchley, Robert (1889-1945), witty quotations
Berra, Yogi (1925- ), wacky quotations: unintentional humor
Berry, D. C., “Godiva” (c.2009): parody of Sylvia Plath
Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914?), quotations: bitter wit
     from “Our Tales of Sentiment” (c.1900): parody of popular fiction
Billings, Josh (1818-1885), humorous deadpan quotations
Black Elk, humor from Black Elk Speaks (1932)
Brackenridge, Hugh H., from Modern Chivalry (1792-1815): satire
Bradford, William, humor from Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 (1642)
Butler, Judith, first prize for bad writing (1998): unintentional humor
Carlisle, Andrea, “Emily Dickinson’s To-Do List” (1996): humor
Chesterton (English), G. K., “After Walt Whitman” (c.1894-1936): parody
Clark, John Abbot, “The Love Song of F. Scott Fitzgerald” (c.1955): parody of T. S. Eliot
Collins, Billy, “Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes” (1998): humor
Cope, Wendy (English), “Waste Land Limericks” (1986): parody of T. S. Eliot
Crace, John (English), “The Crying of Lot 49” (2008): parody of Thomas Pynchon
Crane, Stephen, “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” (1898): analysis of humor
cummings, e. e., “nobody loses all the time” (1926): humor
Cunningham, J. V. (1911-1985), witty quotations in verse
Dacey, Philip, “Amherst with Fries” (1999): humorous homage to Dickinson
Davis, H. L., from Honey in the Horn (1935): frontier humor
DeLillo, Don, from White Noise (1985): satire of decadent higher education
DeVries, Peter (1910-1993), witty quotations
Dickenson, Emily (1830-1886), witty quotations
Drew, George, “Apparently Someone in the Department” (2004): satire of Political Correctness (PC)
Dunbar, Paul, “Theology” (1899): humor
Embry, Mead (pseudonym), “Me Studies” (2013): satire of narcissistic PC professors
Faulkner, William, humor from The Sound and the Fury (1929)
     from As I Lay Dying (1930)
     from “Red Leaves” (1930)
     from “A Justice” (1931)
     from The Hamlet (1940)
     23 parodies of Faulkner
Fifield, A. J., rejection letter (c.1920s): parody of Gertrude Stein
Franklin, Benjamin, wit from The Silence Dogood Papers (1722)
     “Model of a letter of recommendation of a person you are unacquainted with” (1777)
     from The Autobiography (1789): humor
     “Epitaph for Himself”: wit
Freeman, Mary Wilkins, “A Village Singer” (1891): analysis of humor
Frost, Robert, “Departmental” (1949): satirical fable of bureaucracy
Goldwyn, Samuel (1879-1974), quotations: unintentional humor
Hall, Donald, “The Impossible Marriage” (1986): of Dickinson & Whitman
Harte, Bret, “Muck-a-Muck” (1867): parody of Cooper
     “Tennessee’s Partner” (1870): analysis of humor
Hemingway, Ernest, humor from The Sun Also Rises (1926)
     23 parodies of Hemingway
Henry, O., “Blue Blotch of Cowardice” (1986): parody of Stephen Crane
Hoffenstein, Samuel, “Miss Millay Says Something Too” (1928): parody
Hollister, Michael, “Jonathan Edwards” (2004): fictional comic biopic
     “Pinchy Ciphering”: satire of Thomas Pynchon (2009)
     “Barthelbe Brothers Mortuary”: satire of Donald & Frederick Barthelme (2009)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-1894), witty quotations
     from “The Deacon’s Masterpiece” (1858): satire of collapsing Calvinism
Houghton, Firman, “Mr. Frost Goes South to Boston” (1961): parody
Irving, Washington, from A History of New York (1809): humor
Irving, John, from The World According to Garp (1978): satire of radical Feminism
James, Clive (Australian), from “Robert Lowell’s Notebook” (1986): parody
     “Richard Wilbur’s Faberge Egg Factory” (1986): parody
James, Henry, “Portrait of a Bluestocking,” from The Bostonians (1886): satire of radical Feminism
     5 parodies of James
Joyce, Joyce (Irish), “The Waste Land” (1925): parody of T. S. Eliot
Kennedy, X. J., “Emily Dickinson Leaves a Message to the World, Now That Her Homestead in Amherst Has an Answering Machine” (1992)
King, Stoddard, “Poem for Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday” (1926): wit
Knox, Ronald, “Battology” (1927): parody of Gertrude Stein
Koch, Kenneth, “Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams” (2005): parody
Lang, Andrew (Scot), “Brahma” (c.1864-1912): parody of Emerson
Lewis, Sinclair, Speech by George F. Babbitt to Zenith Real Estate Board, from Babbitt (1922): satire
     “Virga Vay & Allan Cedar” (1945), text: satire
Lincoln, Abraham, self-deprecating humor (c.1860)
Lowell, James Russell, “Margaret Fuller as Minerva” (1848): satire
Luce, Clare Boothe, quotations
Lummis, C. F., “A Poe-em of Passion” (c.1882): parody of Poe
McComb, Jack F., “The RPM” (1973): parody of Ken Kesey
McGinley, Phyllis, “The Theology of Jonathan Edwards” (1957): wit
Melville, Herman, humor from Moby-Dick (1851)
Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956), witty quotations
Morley, Christopher, “Epitaph for Any New Yorker” (1920): wit
Nash, Ogden, humorous quotations in verse
     “Kindly Unhitch That Star, Buddy” (1933)
     “Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man” (1934)
     “I Never Even Suggested It” (1940)
     “Golly, How Truth Will Out” (1940)
     “The Purist” (1938)
National Association of Scholars “Trigger Warning” contest (2014): satire of Political Correctness
Nemerov, Howard, “Santa Claus” (1960): satire
Norris, Frank, “The Green Stone of Unrest”: parody of Stephen Crane
O’Connor, Flannery, 52 witty and humorous quotations
     “A Late Encounter with the Enemy” (1953): analysis of humor by 9 critics
     “Revelation” (1964), text: humor
     “Revelation”: analysis of humor by 18 critics
Parker, Dorothy (1893-1967), witty quotations
Paterson, Andrea, “Because I Could Not Dump” (1981): parody of Dickinson
Paulson, A. B., from “University Life” (1997): satire of Political Correctness
Perelman, SJ quotations
Poe, Edgar Allan, from “Never Bet the Devil Your Head” (1841): satire of Emerson
Porter, Katherine Anne, “Variation 1001: To the Foolish Virgins Who Aren’t Gathering Roses” (1922)
      wit and humor from Ship of Fools (1962): erotic combat
Proudfit, David Law, “Prehistoric Smith” (c.1897): humor
Pynchon, Thomas, from The Crying of Lot 49 (1966): humor
Reider, Curtis H., “Stein and Hemingway and Joyce” (c.1930s): humor
Robinson, Edwin Arlington, “Miniver Cheevy” (1910): analysis of humor
     “Mr. Flood’s Party” (1920): analysis of humor
Rogers, Will (1879-1935), humorous quotations
Sewall, Samuel, humor from Diary (1720)
Simpson, Louis, “Squeal” (1957): parody of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” (1955)
Stegner, Wallace, humor from All the Little Live Things (1967)
Steinem, Gloria, “What It Would Be Like If Women Win” (1970): unintentional humor
Strong, George A., “What Hiawatha Probably Did” (1856): parody of Longfellow
Sullivan, Frank R. “Life Is a Bowl of Eugene O’Neills” (1931): satire
Thurber, James (1894-1961), humorous quotations
     “The Owl Who Was God” (1940): fable
Toole, John Kennedy, humor from A Confederacy of Dunces (1969)
Twain, Mark, 750 witty quotations
     humor from Huckleberry Finn (1884)
     “Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots, Dec’d,” from Huck: parody
     ironic response to censorship of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
     from “English as She Is Taught” (1887): students answer questions
     “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses” (1895): satire
     “The Late Benjamin Franklin” (c.1898): satire
Updike, John, “On the Sidewalk” (1959): parody of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957)
     “Miss Moore at Assembly” (1993): parody of Marianne Moore
West, Nathanel, from The Day of the Locust (1939): satire of Hollywood
Wharton, Edith, “Henry James Asking Directions” (1915): humor
Whitman, Walt, humor from “Song of Myself” (1855)