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Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor

edited by Daryl Cumber Dance **(Signed by Editor)**

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ISBN 10: 0393045579 / ISBN 13: 9780393045574
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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**First Printing** ** Inscribed by the editor "She who laughs. lasts!" -- signed Daryl Cumber Dance.** Near fine book, one corner is bumped, a veryslight bend to front board otherwise fine. DJ is fine, bright and shiny, price intact ($30). "In an extraordinary display of literary research, Daryl Dance has assembled a treasure trove of Black womanist humor that attest to our transcendent power to overcome and survive." -- Paull Marshall "This troublesome, heartening gumbo (not quite a rich and strange enough word, but close) of plain home truths, attitude, painful ironies, barbaric yawps, sweetness, wiles, and mysterious subtleties seems sudden (in print, anyway) yet oh-Lord-how-long-overdue. It greatly expands the notion, or nation, of American humor." --- Ray Blount, Jr. Bookseller Inventory # 000540

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Title: Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African ...

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The vibrant humor of African American women is celebrated in this bold, unique, and comprehensive collection.Often hard-hitting, sometimes risque, always dramatic and eloquent ("Sure God created Man before Woman, but then you always make a rough draft before the Final Masterpiece"), this humor arises from the depth and breadth of black women's lives. Daryl Cumber Dance has brought together a wonderful assemblage of contributors for Honey, Hush! -- from slave narrators to contemporary political commentators, from antebellum poets to Audre Lorde, from the earliest novelists to Toni Morrison, from Beulah to Whoopi Goldberg, from the blues singer to the rapper.As Dance was growing up, she absorbed this humor that spoke to all aspects of women's lives: hair, men, white folk, black people, and the nation. She describes it as "the natural delight of my life". If indeed humor is "God's aspirin to soothe the headache of reality", as the folk tell us, then this book is just the prescription the doctor ordered.-- "Honey, Hush!" is an exclamation used among black women, especially those from the South, as a friendly encouragement, a mild suggestion of playful disbelief, or a suggestion that one is telling truths that are prohibited.


This massive (nearly 700 pages) anthology offers a fascinating survey of black women's humor, compiled from folk sources, the blues, and poetry, fiction, anecdotal recollections, and routines by such comedians as the late Jackie "Moms" Mabley. The title, editor Daryl Cumber Dance informs, is a "playful entreaty" that black women use to encourage each other or to express disbelief in private conversations when swapping jokes and tall tales. Some of the material in Honey, Hush is a bit bawdy and off-color, and Dance, a professor of English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, warns that "humor is often unkind, unfair, and unjust." Enter with an open mind and a willingness to laugh, however, and you'll be sure to have fun.

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