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A HISTORY OF HUMOUR: Or Why Shakespeare’s Comedies Are Not Funny
Of all human qualities, humour is perhaps the most puzzling. In this first mainstream history of humour, William Hartston looks at every aspect of the evolution of humour and our attitudes towards it with a view to developing a proper Theory Of Everything Humorous.
From jokes in ancient Rome to laughter in the Bible, and from the secret of comic delivery to how humour changed following the American civil war, William leaves no stone unturned in his quest to understand what makes us chuckle. Besides being academically well-founded – and unlike almost everything else written on the subject – A History of Humour is also entertaining.
WILLIAM HARTSTON is a journalist, the author of 25 books and writer of the popular Beachcomber column in the Daily Express. He is also known for his television appearances, including Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
May 2023, 224 pp, PB 216 x 135 mm
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