Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It
ISBN: 0393357597
EAN13: 9780393357592
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 5.00" W
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
In this inventive and playful book (Tom Beer, Newsday ), James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Adopting a different style for each chapter--from dramatic dialogue to sermon, heroic couplets to a barroom monologue--Geary embodies wit in all its forms. Wit's End agilely balances psychology, folktale, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, demonstrating that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.