Tag Archives: humor

Situational Irony: An Example

Situational irony is a form of humor that focuses on a contrast between expectation and reality. In these excerpts from Around the World in Eighty Days, you will see how Jules Verne has used character descriptions to set up expectations … Continue reading

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G. K. Chesterton Resources Index

Chesterton, that “Colossal Genius” Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936), popularly known as G. K. Chesterton, was a prolific British writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. His published writings also include history, philosophy, and fiction, including the delightful … Continue reading

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Introduction to Literature Videos

Videos referenced in Introduction to Literature (EIL1 Videos) Module 1 Audio for A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909) Audio for The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893) Dramatic Reading of The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry … Continue reading

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Poetry by Hilaire Belloc

Poetry by Hilaire Belloc In Hilaire Belloc’s Bad Child’s Book of Beasts, Belloc states, “The Moral of this priceless work (If rightly understood) Will make you—from a little Turk— Unnaturally good.” Although many of his poetic works are ostensibly written for … Continue reading

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The Humor of G.B. Shaw and G.K. Chesterton

George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton were intellectual titans of their age, and they had a very interesting relationship. The photograph at left shows Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and Chesterton. You can get a sense of their personalities and writing styles … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s Autobiography

A BURLESQUE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1871 Two or three persons having at different times intimated that if I would write an autobiography they would read it, when they got leisure, I yield at last to this … Continue reading

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Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses by Mark Twain

It is likely that the literary offenses of James Fenimore Cooper are no more dire than the offenses of at least half the authors represented in a modern bookstore, but Mark Twain certainly enjoyed humorously critiquing what he observed. Fenimore Cooper’s Literary … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

A MODEST PROPOSAL For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. by Dr. Jonathan Swift 1729 It is a melancholy object to … Continue reading

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The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry NOTE: If you would like to view a dramatized version of the story, a 1952 video version of “The Ransom of Red Chief” can be found at e1-resources/the-ransom-of-red-chief-dramatized. It looked like a good … Continue reading

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