Authors that used humor to convey a deeper meaning?
Like Jonathon Swift in "Gulliver's Travels", or "A Modest Proposal."
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
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 :)
- JenaLv 410 years ago
Sherman Alexie often does. He's a bit more recent than Jonathan Swift, though.