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Praise for Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology “Inge and Piacentino’s new collection, Southern Frontier Humor, brings forth a number of significant finds among humor writers of the Old Southwest. Just as exciting is the thoughtful introduction, couched in plain language, which shifts the focus of this collection more toward the literary aspects of the tradition, acknowledging debts to European sources and taking the authors as conscious writers rather than stodgy gentlemen-authors disparaging the lower classes. This approach makes real sense and continuity out of Southern Frontier humor as part of a larger literary stream. Several pieces from the Crockett Almanacs, including four representing women as central figures, make the point that this is literature as well as social commentary and females as well as males can show up as primary actors. This anthology is a valuable collection of the old and the new, and, helpfully, is just the right size for classroom use.” —David E. E. Sloane, author of Mark Twain as a Literary Comedian and New Directions in American Humor “Necessarily shaped by the efforts of earlier scholars, this new anthology of humor out of the frontier South preserves the familiar names of nineteenth-century vernacular masters, even as it liberally expands the canon of what editors Inge and Piacentino beautifully argue is transgressive writing, ‘the dominant strain of American humor.’ Southern Frontier Humor, a rich repository of sketches by twenty-five hands, is a collection that reflects the varied investigative work of the past quartercentury —the tracking-down of little-known and forgotten authors in the newspaper fraternity that took its pleasure in vernacular writing, as well as interpretations of the writing by critics in assorted cultural disciplines. For teachers and students in the oncoming years, this anthology will become the most useful and reliable textual resource. Its bibliography alone, a convenience that some humor buffs might resist, guarantees that Inge and Piacentino are already the go-to guides for the twenty-first century.” —James H. Justus, author of Fetching the Old Southwest: Humorous Writing from Longstreet to Twain “Throughout the volume, [the editors’] shrewd judgment and critical acumen are apparent, and the reader of this volume comes away with a balanced sense of both the range and the accomplishment of frontier humorists.” —Scott Romine, author of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction “Scholars of American humor cannot fail to be intrigued and informed by this collection, which offers a new configuration of best writers from a fascinating era of our literary history. Teachers whose American literature or American studies courses include the antebellum period should consider this excellent anthology as a textbook.” —James E. Caron, author of Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter S o u t h e r n Frontier Humor An Anthology S o u t h e r n Frontier Humor Edited by M. Thomas Inge and Ed Piacentino University of Missouri Press Columbia and London An Anthology Copyright © 2010 by The Curators of the University of Missouri University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri 65201 Printed and bound in the United States of America All rights reserved 5 4 3 2 1 14 13 12 11 10 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Southern frontier humor : an anthology / edited by M. Thomas Inge and Ed Piacentino. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-8262-1886-5 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Southwest, Old—Literary collections. 2. American literature—Southwest, Old. 3. American wit and humor—Southwest, Old. 4. Southwest, Old—Humor. I. Inge, M. Thomas. II. Piacentino, Edward J., 1945PS566 .S48 2010 810.8’0976—dc22 2010013725 This paper meets the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, Z39.48, 1984. Design and composition: Jennifer Cropp Printing and binding: Thomson-Shore, Inc. Typefaces: Minion, ReturnTo Earth, and Handwriting - Dakota DEDERCATED WIF THE SYMPERTHYS OVE THE ORTHUR, TU THE MAN UR ‘OMAN, HUEVER THEY BE, WHAT DON’T READ THIS YERE BOOK. —Sut Lovingood, Yarns, 1867 ...


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