Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 10 years ago

Authors that used humor to convey a deeper meaning?

Like Jonathon Swift in "Gulliver's Travels", or "A Modest Proposal."

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  • 10 years ago
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    Although there are too many to mention in this space, here are a few...

    Chaucer -- "The Canterbury Tales"

    Moliere -- Just about any of his plays.

    Miguel de Cervantes -- "Don Quixote"

    William Shakespeare -- His comedic plays.

    Voltaire -- Such as "Candide."

    Charles Dickens -- "Hard Times" and "A Tale of Two Cities"

    Anton Chekhov's plays

    Mark Twain -- Most of his work, including his autobiography, "Tom Sawyer", "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Gilded Age."

    H. L. Mencken -- Just about anything he wrote

    Aldous Huxley -- Such as "Brave New World"

    Joseph Heller -- "Catch 22"

    Franz Kafka -- "The Metamorphosis", "The Trial" -- O.K., its dark humor.

    Sinclair Lewis -- "It Can't Happen Here", "Babbitt", "Main Street" and others.

    George Orwell -- "Animal Farm" and "1984"

    Ray Bradbury -- "Fahrenheit 451"

    William Golding -- "Lord of the Flies"

    John Steinbeck -- "Tortilla Flat" and "Cannery Row"

    Jack Kerouac -- "On the Road"

    John Kennedy Toole -- "A Confederacy of Dunces" (his only novel, winner of Pulitzer)

    Garrison Keillor -- Practically all of his work.

    Jim Hightower -- Just about any of his work

    Carl Hiassen -- Most, if no all of his work.

    Dave Barry -- All of his work.

    Augusten Burroughs -- All of his books except for "Wolf at the Table"

  • 10 years ago

    G.K. Chesterton has a very interesting sense of sarcastic British humor. Some of his works have Christian undertones, but I am an atheist and they never bothered me.

    Kurt Vonnegut also uses satire in that way, as well as Charles Dickens to a certain extent. I don't know if you want to count Douglas Adams in that category, as although I believe that he his work has some sort of meaning, I have no idea what that might be :P. And in a list of authors who used humor to convey deeper meaning, it would be an absolute travesty to leave out Mark Twain. Have fun reading :)

  • Jena
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    10 years ago

    Sherman Alexie often does. He's a bit more recent than Jonathan Swift, though.

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