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It should replace the English Lit exam - if you don't laugh constantly, you don't know anything about English literature.
Originally published in the 1950s as a piece in Furioso Magazine, this parody work is a fun jaunt through notable moments in classic literature. While gathering information for a PhD thesis, college-age Myers, finding himself inspired by some of the funny little historical nuggets he was hitting upon, put together this little collection of humorous stories about famous authors and imagined alternate histories accompanied by parody artwork such as:* The famous portrait of Henry VIII identified as...
This made me laugh out loud at least a half dozen times in the first couple pages, but it quickly got repetitive. Full of intentional malapropisms and in-jokes, it reminds me of a Freshman Orientation Show or an end of semester English Department talent show skit. The more familiar the reader is with English lit, the more of the jokes they'll get.I think I was expecting something with more actual content -- humor, yes, but also a quick intro to or commentary on the works being referenced. It tur...
This illustrated parody of histories of national literatures has many clever puns and purposeful mixing of authors' names and historical periods (such as "Victorious" for "Victorian"). "Ralph Walden Thoreau," for example, "founded the Transmigration Movement." A farcical "Literary Map of England" identifies landmurks like "The Hence of Forth," "Parade's End," and "The Puritan Interlude."Some of the most amusing (or strained) puns have nothing directly to do with literature, such as "perpetual em...
Exquisitely painful - or was it painfully exquisite? Even an English-history nekulturny like me can enjoy the acyrologia, malapropisms, misunderinformation, and delightful alternative fax so deadpannily presented here. A real treat for lingua files.
This is a rather extended literary joke, which made me snort often enough to keep reading. I recommend it to fast-reading English majors.
The most authentic, perfectly accurate, definitely not false account of the history of English literature (lol jk)
Forced humor that is terribly dated. Trying to replicate the silliness of 1066 and All That, but doesn’t succeed.
A couple of chuckles, many jokes whizzing high overhead, and more than a few raised eyebrows at rape jokes.
What did I just read? Nonsensical and hilarious, full of groaning puns and sly malapropisms, this book was just plain silly and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was sort of like reading an academic version of "Drunk History," and the illustrations apropos of nothing just added to the romp. Luckily the book is short so the shenanigans did not have time to get old. And to think I initially bought the book only because the cover of it was done by Edward Gorey!