Joys of Italian Humor

Joys of Italian Humor
Henry D. Spalding
360 pages ~
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About the Book

This collection of anecdotes, short stories, play excerpts, jokes, quips, and proverbs features literally hundreds of characters from the jesters of the Renaissance to the politicos of today. It provides an entertaining overview of 2,500 years of Italian wit and humor. The hardcover edition of this title, originally published in 1997, is available on-demand. Also available in Kindle, Nook, and other popular eBook formats.

“Highly entertaining! There’s something for everyone, Italian or not.”
--Library Journal

“This rewarding anthology is an eclectic grab bag of Italian wit and humor that readers will find most appealing.”
--Los Angeles Times

“You don’t have to be Italian to appreciate Henry Spalding’s classic volume.”
--Spiritual Book News

About the Author

Henry D. Spalding, a native of New York City, was a reporter for the New York Mirror and the Journal. While a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he was an accredited White House correspondent. In the 1950s he moved to Los Angeles, where he was active as editor and publisher of Deejay, Disc, and Top Ten--all music magazines--as well as of Talent News, a show-business trade journal.

Mr. Spalding’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor was issued in 1969 and has since gone through many editions. This was followed by Encyclopedia of Black Folklore and Humor, Joys of Irish Humor, and Joys of Italian Humor, all of which have established him as one of the leading experts on ethnic humor.