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By John Gorman Barr

ISBN-10: 0817304770

ISBN-13: 9780817304775

The rollicking stories of outdated Southwestern humor have been a particular contribution to American folks tradition supplied through the frontiersmen of the South and Southwest, a practice dropped at its maximum shape within the paintings of Mark Twain.  one of the precursors of Twain used to be John Gorman Barr of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Like Twain, Barr grew up in a river city, labored in a printing place of work, and traveled extensively; and back like Twain, Barr drew upon the folk and locations of his domestic sector because the fundamental assets for his tales.

In addition to the natural leisure Barr’ s tales supply, in addition they provide a complete photograph of Tuscaloosa and western Alabama within the 1850s— the roaring river city coexisting uneasily with the highbrow sophistication of the lately tested collage of Alabama.

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Under the editorial leadership of William T. Porter, it also became the most important vehicle for Southwestern humor. Such classics as "The Big Bear of Arkansas" by T. B. Thorpe, the "Sut Lovingood" stories by George W. Harris, and Hooper's "Simon Suggs'' adventures appeared in this paper. Page 7 Barr's early stories for the Spirit are generally rudimentary. The first one, for example, uses no proper names except in the postscript. His early stories tend also to be short and simple, but have lengthy introductions.

John Bealle's Accidentor, How the Widow Dudu Treated Insanity 125 12. Relief for Ireland! or, John Brown's Bad Luck With His Pickled Beef 143 13. A Lively Village; or, Brisk Speculation in a New Commodity 162 14. Misplaced Confidence; or, Bilking a Boniface! " by Johnson Jones Hooper 200 "Jemmy Owen on the Senatorial Election" by Johnson Jones Hooper 202 Notes 206 Page ix Illustrations John Gorman Barr frontispiece University of Alabama before the Civil War (engraving) 4 University of Alabama before the Civil War (photograph) 4 President's Mansion 5 Gorgas House 5 Old State Bank 11 Christ Episcopal Church 11 Tuscaloosa c.

Page 19 2 Old Charley Patterson (or Pattison) was one of Tuscaloosa's more colorful figures. An Irish boniface of several hotels, mayor (1836), and a leading citizen, his outward appearance and jovial nature were reminiscent of Saint Nick. William R. Smith described him: Charles S.  . 1 As Barr tells us, Patterson kept several hotels in Tuscaloosa before moving to the "emporium of the State" (Mobile), there continuing in his role as hosteler. In Tuscaloosa, he at one time ran Washington Hall (see the introduction to chapter 9, "New York Drummer's Ride to Greensboro' "), and later the La Grange House which was at the northwest corner of Broad and Monroe Streets (now University Boulevard and Twenty-third Avenue).

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