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The Wit and Humor of America

Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1859-1915)

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1. 00 - Forward
2. 01 - Melons
3. 02 - The Deacon's Masterpiece
4. 03 - The Purple Cow
5. 04 - The Curse of the Competent
6. 05 - The Grammatical Boy
7. 06 - Simple English
8. 07 - Partingtonian Patchwork
9. 08 - The Menagerie
10. 09 - Down Around the River
11. 10 - A Medieval Discoverer
12. 11 - Wanted - A Cook
13. 12 - Similar Cases
14. 13 - The Old Maid's House: In Plan
15. 14 - Distichs
16. 15 - The Quarrel
17. 16 - A Letter from Mr. Biggs
18. 17 - Mrs. Johnson
19. 18 - Pass
20. 19 - Teaching by Example
21. 20 - When Albani Sang
22. 21 - Colonel Sterett's Panther Hunt
23. 22 - Wouter Van Twiller
24. 23 - The Experiences of the A.C.
25. 24 - What Mr. Robinson Thinks
26. 25 - The Day We Do Not Celebrate
27. 26 - The Yankee Dude'll Do
28. 27 - Spelling Down The Master
29. 28 - Myopia
30. 29 - Anatole Dubois At De Horse Show
31. 30 - The Champion Checker-Player of Ameriky
32. 31 - Darby and Joan
33. 32 - When the Frost is on the Punkin
34. 33 - Laffing
35. 34 - Grizzly Gru
36. 35 - John Henry on a Street Car
37. 36 - The Muskeeter
38. 37 - The Turnings of a Bookworm
39. 38 - The Feast of the Monkeys
40. 39 - The Billville Spirit Meeting
41. 40 - A Cry From the Consumer
42. 41 - A Disappointment
43. 42 - The British Matron by Nathanie
44. 43 - The Tragedy of it
45. 44 - Stage Whispers
46. 45 - The Pettibone Lineage
47. 46 - Why Moles Have Hands
48. 47 - A Psalm of Life
49. 48 - An Odyssey of K's
50. 49 - The Deacon's Trout
51. 50 - Enough
52. 51 - The Fighting Race
53. 52 - The Organ
54. 53 - My Grandmother's Turkey-Tail Fan

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Summary

Light hearted, entertaining and amusing as it takes on contemporary American life would best describe The Wit and Humor of America by Marshall Pinckney Wilder whish is a compilation of humorous passages from various works of American literature. Ranging from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dinah's Kitchen to Dislikes by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Little Orphint Annie by James Whitcomb Riley, The Auto Rubaiyat by Reginald Wright Kauffman, Garden Ethics by Charles Dudley Warner and Morris and the Honorable Tim by Myra Kelley and many more delightful pieces, the book is indeed a treasure trove of humor. Marshall P. Wilder was a talented actor and humorist who entertained late nineteenth century New York with his funny sketches and monologues. Today he would probably be called a “stand-up comedian.” On a trip to London in 1883, Wilder's show was watched by the then Prince of Wales who later went on to become King Edward VII. The monarch was enchanted by the act and Wilder became an instant favorite of the English royal family. This was also the start of his international career. For the next few years, he toured the world with his show, which included a vaudeville act too. Wilder's brand of humor was laced with pathos and optimism. He was the first celebrity who attained fame in spite of his disability. Wilder was born with achondroplasia or dwarfism and also kyphosis or curvature of the spine. However, his wit and humor allowed him to rise above his physical limitations and carve out a wonderful career for himself. He was gifted with boundless energy, humanism and always signed his letters, “Merrily Yours!” He became extremely wealthy, fell in love and married a beautiful woman with whom he had two children. He eventually died following the sudden death of his beloved wife two years earlier. Wilder also acted in twelve silent films between 1897 and 1912. Many of his shows were recorded on Edison cylinders which were a new invention at the time and this has ensured that we are able to enjoy Wilder's humor today. The Wit and Humor of America contains poems, letters, articles, chapters from books, limericks, short sketches and plays. It was published in 1911. Some of the themes and jokes seem dated, and politically incorrect but the essential fun is undeniable and this book makes a nice read for the times when you have a couple of hours to spare.

Reviews

dg

- wit and humor

hmmm, well. I guess if you like poetry it's fine. Obviously, I don't. There was prose, also, but...Anyway, didn't listen to it all.