Knock, Knock: In Pursuit of a Grand Unified Theory of Humour (Paperback)

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The first mainstream history of humour. Hilarious and well-researched, this book from household name William Hartston, a presenter, author and journalist, makes a perfect gift.

Of all human qualities, humour is perhaps the most puzzling. In this very first history of humour, author and humourist William Hartston looks at every aspect of the evolution of humour and our attitudes towards it with a view to developing a proper Theory Of Everything Humorous.

From comedy in ancient Greece and jokes in ancient Rome, to laughter in the Bible and the secret of comic delivery; from how humour changed following the American civil war, to how Mark Twain changed written comedy in the English-speaking world, William leaves no stone unturned in his quest to understand what makes us chuckle. Besides being academically well-founded, A History of Humour will, unlike almost everything else written on the subject, be both seriously humorous and humorously serious.

About the Author

William Hartston is a journalist, the author of 25 books, and writer of the popular Beachcomber column in the Daily Express. He is also known for his television appearances, including Channel 4's Gogglebox.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786787323
ISBN-10: 1786787326
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English