By M. Thomas Inge
The humor of the previous South―tales, almanac entries, turf experiences, old sketches, gentlemen's essays on outdoors activities, profiles of neighborhood characters―flourished among 1830 and 1860. The genre's attractiveness and impact will be traced within the works of significant southern writers corresponding to William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Harry Crews, in addition to in modern pop culture concentrating on the agricultural South.
This selection of essays contains a number of the earlier twenty 5 years' most sensible writing at the topic, in addition to ten new works bringing clean insights and unique techniques to the topic. some of the essays concentrate on renowned humorists comparable to Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, William Tappan Thompson, and George Washington Harris, all of whom have lengthy been well-known as key figures in Southwestern humor.
Other chapters learn the origins of this early humor, specifically chosen poems of William Henry Timrod and Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which expect the subject material, personality varieties, structural components, and motifs that might develop into a part of the Southwestern culture. Renditions of "Sleepy hole" have been later echoed in sketches by means of William Tappan Thompson, Joseph Beckman Cobb, Orlando Benedict Mayer, Francis James Robinson, and William Gilmore Simms.
Several essays additionally discover antebellum southern humor within the context of race and gender. This literary legacy left an indelible mark at the works of later writers corresponding to Mark Twain and William Faulkner, whose works in a comic book vein mirror affinities and connections to the wealthy lode of fabrics firstly popularized by way of the Southwestern humorists.
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2. G. Summer (at the time, the editor of the Columbia South Carolinian)—all of whom had an interest in southern frontier humor and who wrote sketches and tales in this tradition. On this occasion they seemed to have swapped with each other tales of a backwoods humorous variety. See the letter from Mayer to Paul Hamilton Hayne, 4 Feb. B. Mayer to Paul Hamilton Hayne: Some Notes on Literary Relationships," Mississippi Quarterly 50 (1996-1997): 117-23. 3. " While I am indebted to Anderson's findings, I will, whenever possible, add several of my own insights concerning the connections between these two pieces.
25. Simms, "Early Writers," 696. 26. Mr. Carters reminiscence of December 2, 1867, is printed by Jay B. Hubbell, The Last Years of Henry Timrod (Durham: Duke UP, 1941), 174-75. 27. Walter Blair, "Traditions in Southern Humor," American Quarterly 5 (1953): 132-42. 28. Lynn, Mark Twain and Southwestern Humor, 64—65. 29. John Q. Anderson, "Scholarship in Southwestern Humor—Past and Present," Mississippi Quarterly 17 (1963-64): 67-84, esp. A. Leo Lemay, "The Text, Tradition, and Themes of'The Big Bear of Arkansas,'" American Literature 17 (1975): 321-42.
B. Mayer to Paul Hamilton Hayne: Some Notes on Literary Relationships," Mississippi Quarterly 50 (1996-1997): 117-23. 3. " While I am indebted to Anderson's findings, I will, whenever possible, add several of my own insights concerning the connections between these two pieces. 4. " Subsequently, in a letter dated 17 March 1860 to the members of the committee planning a commemorative birthday dinner for Irving to which Simms was invited but had to decline because of failing health, he bestowed further accolades on the author of The Sketch Book.
The Humor of the Old South by M. Thomas Inge