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Humorous Literature After Wodehouse?

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Terry Pratchett is like Douglas Adams / Hitchhiker's Guide -- other worlds, and similar humor:

- Bromeliad Trilogy: Diggers, Truckers, Wings

- Wee Free Men series

- Discworld series -- some occasional mild crudities / s*xual references, certainly no more than Douglas Adams



Older works with humor:

- The Complete Saki (Munro) -- collection of Saki's short stories

- some of O. Henry's short stories are pretty funny (Ransom of Red Chief, A Harlem Tragedy…)

- some of James Thurber's short stories are humorous (The Catbird Seat, Secret Life of Walter Mitty…)

- Three Men and a Boat (Jerome) -- and sequels

- Cold Comfort Farm (Gibbons) -- some mild tactful references to brassieres, s*x, contraceptives, all in context of character development

- All Creatures Great and Small series (Herriot)

- My Family and Other Animals (Durrell)

- Our Man in Havana (Greene)

- The Man Who Was Thursday (Chesterton) -- humor is largely in the first half; more intrigue/adventure in the second half



Newer works with humor:

- I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Bryson) -- and others by Bill Bryson


- Dave Barry's Greatest Hits (Barry)
1988 collection of his newspaper humor columns; books after his 1993 divorce are more adult and sharp-edged


- No. 1 ladies Detective Agency series (Smith)

written as mysteries/character novels not straight humor, BUT, a lovely blend of mystery-solving, and both humor and meaningfulness that flows out of the simple, gentle nature of the characters



NO personal experience, so PREVIEW:

- Penrod (Tarkington) -- early 1900s


- Gervase Fen mysteries by Edmund Crispin -- 1940s

"humorous, literary and sometimes farcical style… contain frequent references to English literature, poetry and music… occasionally… speak directly to the audience" -- Wikipedia


- E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia series (and Tom Holt's sequels)

"roughly the same period as Wodehouse's golden age with somewhat of the same humour, only set in a more middle class rather than upper class environment"


- Barry Pain's Tales of Eliza and Diary of A Nobody by George & Weedom Grossmith

"in the same vein [as Wodehouse] â€¦ about aspirational newly middle class men and the women who save them from themselves"


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