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Better to cultivate your own garden and get some fun out of it if you can. Taking their cue from Faulkner and — possibly — from some of the frontier humorists, many southern writers of fiction have exploited the possibilities for grotesque humor in the life of their region. As in the older southern humor, there is a battle going on between the ins and the outs, between respectability and instinctual, irrational behavior, country ways and city slickness. One finds many grotesque episodes in this fiction which, as Sut Lovingood remarked of his stories, may not "sit purfeckly quiet ontu the stumicks ove sum pussons" —as, for instance, the love affair between Faulkner's Ike Snopes and the cow and the hanging of the mule in Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms.

Newell, Robert Henry. ("Orpheus C. Kerr"). The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. First, second, and third series. ; New York: Carleton, 1865. Perelman, S. J. The Most of S. J. Perelman. New York: Simon and Schuster. 45. Shaw, Henry Wheeler ("Josh Billings"). Everybody's Friend, or Josh Billings' Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor. : American Publishing Company, 1874. Smith, Seba. My Thirty Years out of the Senate, by Major Jack Downing. New York: Oaksmith, 1859. ) Sullivan, Frank. A Pearl in Every Oyster.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. Benson, Ivan. Mark Twain's Western Years. : Stanford University Press, 1938. Blair, Walter. Horse Sense in American Humor from Benjamin Franklin to Ogden Nash. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1942. ) and Franklin J. Meine, eds. Half Horse Half Alligator: The Growth of the Mike Fink Legend. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956. Boatright, Mody C. Folk Laughter on the American Frontier. New York: Macmillan, 1949. ) Chittick, V. L. O. Thomas Chandler Haliburton ("Sam Slick"): A Study in Provincial Toryism.

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