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More structured reading

Last year I tried "structured reading" - several books in succession with a unified theme, specifically the Great Depression. That was definitely rewarding, and a week ago, while halfway through Finley Peter Dunne's Mr. Dooley Remembers, it occurred to me that I might try it again. Dunne was the biggest satirist around the turn of the 20th Century, with his Mr. Dooley newspaper columns being followed worldwide, influencing not only public opinion but often even government policy. Several times over the course of Dunne's sort-of memoir, he and his son Philip (who edited the collection and added commentary on his father's life) mention the names of Dunne's contemporaries Ring Lardner and George Ade. Dunne, Lardner (best known for his novella You Know Me Al) and Ade (best known for his caustically funny Fables) were arguably the three greatest American satirists of the first half of the 20th Century, and since I also own books by Lardner and Ade, I've decided to read the three books in succession. I'll update here periodically as any meaningful insights occur to me.

October 26, 2010 in Books | Permalink

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