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239 pages; Near Fine condition. Faint front hinge crease. No spine creases. Solid, clean. The closely reasoned and graceful essays in this book invite the reader to join the author in experiencing the humanely comic in literature. Professor Schilling has brought together amusing characters from the diverse pens of Boccaccio, Fielding, Dickens, Zangwill, and Mann, each an illustration of tolerant laughter. Trade Paperback.