From 1929 to the latest issue, American Literature has been the foremost journal expressing the findings of those who study our national literature. American Literature has published the best work of literary historians, critics, and bibliographers, ranging from the founders of discipline to the best current critics and researchers. The longevity of this excellence lends a special distinction to the articles in American Literature. Presented in order of their first appearance, the articles in each volume constitute a revealing record of developing insights and important shifts of critical emphasis. Each article has opened a fresh line of inquiry, established a fresh perspective on a familiar topic, or settled a question that engaged the interest of experts.
Louis J. Budd is James B. Duke Professor of English, Emeritus at Duke University. Edwin H. Cady is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Duke University.
Series Introduction vii Burlesques in Nineteenth-Century American Humor (1930 ) / Walter Blair 1 The Popularity of Nineteenth-Century American Humorists (1931) / Walter Blair 13 "The Gentleman from Pike" in Early California (1936) / G.R. MacMinn 33 Tragedy and Irony in Knickerbocker's History (1940) / Charlton G. Laird 43 Hank Monk and Horace Greeley (1942) / Richard G. Lilliard 59 The Humorous Works of George W. Harris (1943) / Donald Day 68 Myth and Humor in the Uncle Remus Fables (1948) / Louise Dauner 84 The Birth and Death of a Satirist: Eugene Field and Chicago's Growing Pains (1951) / Robert A. Day 99 "Mr. Spirit" and The Big Bear of Arkansas (1955) / Eugene Current-Garcia 112 The Imagery of George Washington Harris (1959) / Milton Rickels 127 The Meaning of Ring Lardner's Fiction (1960) / Howard W. Webb, Jr. 142 Aeolism in Knickerbocker's A History of New York (1970) / David Durant 154 The Text, Tradition, and Themes of "The Big Bear of Arkansas" (1975) / J.A. Leo Lemay 168 Tall Tale, Tall Talk: Pursuing the Lie in Jacksonian Literature (1977) / Neil Schmitz 190 Cable's The Grandissimes and the Comedy of Manners (1980) / Robert O. Stephens 211 The Comic Voice in Dreiser's Cowperwood Narrative (1981) / Jack E. Wallace 224 Colonel Noland of the Spirit: The Voices of a Gentleman in Southwest Humor (1981) / Lorne Fienberg 240 From Whom the Bull Flows: Hemingway in Parody (1989) / James C. McKelly 254 Index 271 Notes on Contributors 275