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Sanford Pinsker
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA 17603-2802)

The Urban Tall Tale in a Contemporary Key

To read much more deeply in Twain—clearly the pivotal figure in this study—to complete a forthcoming article entitled "The Urban Tall Tale: Frontier Humor in a Contemporary Key" which will appear in Comic Relief: Essays on American Humor (University of Illinois Press). "Tall tales" build themselves upon "exaggerations" of a very special sort, ones which insist that environment is less a naturalistic determiner than an occasion for wry embellishment. It is a characteristic of folk humorists.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Residential College Teacher Fellowships, 1976 - 1981

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 5/31/1979