American Literary Humor during the Great Depression


While volumes have been generated about the Great Depression, relatively little work has been done on the social transformations during the 1930s and few attempts have been made to relate these transformations to American literary humor. This book explores in depth how literary humor evolved during the Depression and how in conjunction with the Depression it helped shape and change the American consciousness. The study looks at such authors as Robert Benchley, James Thurber, Will Rogers, Zora Neale Hurston, H. L. Mencken, and Damon Runyon within the context of changes in the family, ethnic stereotypes, and social classes.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999


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