Evelyn Kase

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Master of Arts (MA)




It is the purpose of this study to analyze the humor of William Dean Howells and, if possible, to capture something of its elusive spirit. To do this, the nature, purpose and technic of it are separately considered insofar as it is possible to do so with a indivisible quality.

Naturally, this paper makes no mistaken claim to be the concluding word on this subject. Too many more acute analyses have tried to do so, only to meet with partial success, if not total failure. It is therefore for both the sins of omission and commission that the writer asks the reader to deal with it as Howells' humor would have dealt with it, according to its weak-nesses rather than its deserts.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts. Copyright 1934 Evelyn Kase.

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