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NA426912 - 1000 Years of Laughter (Compilation)
English 

Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. It opens with Anglo-Saxon riddles ¡V 'they couldn't keep themselves warm on a diet of Beowulf' ¡V and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns and Restoration buffoonery.

The rise of the novel in the 18th century brought classic humor from Swift, Sterne and Smollett, the mantle then passing to Charles Dickens in the 19th. Included here are rarities from the antiquarian's cupboard. Children's literature produced unforgettable images from Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, while in the first half of the 20th century emerged unforgettable comic writers as diverse as Dorothy Parker and P.G. Wodehouse. Entertaining from start to finish.

DAVID TIMSON

David Timson has performed in modern and classic plays across Great Britain and abroad, including Wild Honey for Alan Ayckbourn, Hamlet, The Man of Mode and The Seagull. He has been seen on TV in Nelson's Column and Swallows and Amazons, and in the film The Russia House. A familiar and versatile audio and radio voice, he reads The Middle Way and performs in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream; he has also read five volumes of Sherlock Holmes stories for Naxos AudioBooks.


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