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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Compiled by David Timson Narrator: Griff Rhys Jones with Carole Boyd, Jonathan Keeble Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. It opens with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns, and Restoration buffoonery.

The rise of the novel in the 18th century brought classic humour from Swift, Sterne, and Smollet, passing the mantle to Charles Dickens in the 19th century. Included here are rarities from the antiquarian's cupboard. Children's literature produced unforgettable images from Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, while in the first half of the 20th century emerged unforgettable comic writers as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P.G. Wodehouse. Entertaining from start to finish.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daryoung | 4/20/2010

    " A few of the riddles were interesting. This book is made of excerpts from all sorts of English humor. The excerpts I enjoyed most were from books I'd already read (Wodehouse, Austen). Most of the selections I didn't find funny at all. "

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