Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

W. W. Norton & Company
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Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, Wit’s End “convey[s] the power of wit to refresh the mind” (Henry Hitchings, Wall Street Journal).

In “this inventive and playful book” (Tom Beer, Newsday), James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Adopting a different style for each chapter—from dramatic dialogue to sermon, heroic couplets to a barroom monologue—Geary embodies wit in all its forms. Wit’s End agilely balances psychology, folktale, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, demonstrating that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.

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About the author

James Geary is the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The World in a Phrase, and is the deputy curator at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. A sought-after speaker and avid juggler, he lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
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Published on
Nov 13, 2018
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780393254952
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Language
English
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Genres
Humor / Form / Puns & Wordplay
Humor / Topic / History
Language Arts & Disciplines / Rhetoric
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This content is DRM protected.
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