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Wit's end : what wit is, how it works, and why we need it / James Geary.

Geary, James, 1962- (author.).
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  • 0 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 809.7 GEA (Text) 33187004444549 Nonfiction Checked out 12/26/2018
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 809.7 GEA (Text) 37323005365849 NEW-BKS Checked out 01/05/2019
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 809.7 GEA (Text) 31951004359169 Main Floor - New Arrivals Checked out 12/30/2018

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  • ISBN: 9780393254945
  • ISBN: 0393254941
  • Physical Description: x, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-211) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom."--Stephen Fry. In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns demonstrate the essence of creativity. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there's the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists, and the metaphysical wit of philosophers. In Wit's End, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. Demonstrating that brevity really is the soul of wit, Geary crafts each chapter from concise sections of 200, 400, or 800 words. Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, Wit's End shows how wit is much more than a sense of humor." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Wit and humor > History and criticism.
HUMOR / Puns & Wordplay.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric.

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