Tagged: humor

Major General’s Song — Gilbert and Sullivan

In “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s character introduces himself by presenting an absurdly detailed résumé in the musical form of a “patter...

Birthplace of Jonathan Swift.

Jonathan Swift Poetry

Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and Anglican cleric best remembered in the literary world for his satirical novel, Gulliver’s Travels. As a writer, he developed close,...

Types of Humor

Types of Humor

Literary devices that create humor As you read, you will encounter many types of humor, and you will find some types funnier than others. If you want to learn to use humor in writing, it helps...

Bill Nye's Postmaster pays strict attention to business.

A Resign by Bill Nye

This tongue-in-cheek letter of resignation was written by humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye, and appeared in Bill Nye’s Red Book in 1906. A RESIGN. |Postoffice Divan, Laramie City, W. T., Oct. 1, 1883. To the...

P. G. Wodehouse Biography

P. G. Wodehouse Biography  Sir Pelham Grenville (P. G.) Wodehouse (1881 – 1975) was a British humorist whose life spanned nearly a century. Best known for his novels featuring Bertie and Jeeves, Wodehouse (pronounced Woodhouse) also wrote short stories,...

Mark Twain, as photographed by A.F. Bradley, c. 1907, from the Library of Congress.

Mark Twain Resources Index

Resources for Mark Twain (1835-1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His best-known novels include The Adventures...