So Ole Says To Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest by W. K. McneilSo Ole Says To Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest by W. K. Mcneil

So Ole Says To Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest

byW. K. McneilCompiled byJames P. LearyEditorJames P. Leanv

Paperback | August 9, 2001

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In the land of beer, cheese, and muskies—where the polka is danced and winter is unending and where Lutherans and Catholics predominate—everybody is ethnic, the politics are clean, and the humor is plentiful. This collection includes jokes, humorous anecdotes, and tall tales from ethnic groups (Woodland Indians, French, Cornish, Germans, Irish, Scandinavians, Finns, and Poles) and working folk (loggers, miners, farmers, townsfolk, hunters, and fishers). Dig into the rich cultural context supplied by the notes and photographs, or just laugh at the hundreds of jokes gathered at small-town cafes, farm tables, job sites, and church suppers. This second edition includes an afterword and indexes of motifs and tale types.

James P. Leary is director of the Folklore Program and professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Wisconsin Folklore, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Minnesota Polka, Yodeling in Dairyland, and, with Richard March, Down Home Dairyland.
Title:So Ole Says To Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper MidwestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 9, 2001Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299173747

ISBN - 13:9780299173746

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"A funny book, but no mere joke book."—The Country Today