Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr by John Gorman Barr

Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr

byJohn Gorman Barr, G. Ward Hubbs

Kobo ebook | September 7, 2014

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The rollicking tales of Old Southwestern humor were a distinctive contribution to American folk culture provided by the frontiersmen of the South and Southwest, a tradition brought to its highest form in the work of Mark Twain.  Among the precursors of Twain was John Gorman Barr of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Like Twain, Barr grew up in a river town, worked in a printing office, and traveled widely; and again like Twain, Barr drew upon the people and places of his home region as the primary sources for his tales.

In addition to the pure entertainment Barr’ s stories provide, they also furnish a comprehensive picture of Tuscaloosa and western Alabama in the 1850s— the roaring river town coexisting uneasily with the intellectual sophistication of the recently established University of Alabama.

Title:Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman BarrFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 7, 2014Publisher:University Of Alabama PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0817388710

ISBN - 13:9780817388713

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