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Garrison Keillor: A Voice Of America
Garrison Keillor: A Voice Of America
 
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Author : Judith Yaross Lee
Publisher : University Press of Mississippi
ISBN# : 9780878054732
Pages : 258
Price :INR 2176
Offer Price:INR 1937
 
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When Garrison Keillor spun his dreams each week on A Prairie Home Companion, even sushi addicts drew comfort from the smell of tuna hot-dish, the soul food of the `50s, emanating from the Chatterbox Cafe. In Lake Wobegon, the living was so easy that the elm trees still flourished, impervious to the Dutch Elm fungus that had denuded the rest of the Midwest, and Main Street had just one traffic light--usually green, at that. After all, as Keillor reminded the nation each week in closing his monologue in the climax of the two-hour variety show, in Lake Wobegon, ""All the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.""

Garrison Keillor: A Voice of America explores the comic imagination that put Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, on the map along with Hannibal, Missouri, and Yoknapatawpha County. This first full-length analysis of Keillors humor draws on manuscripts and audiotapes in the archives at Minnesota Public Radio as well as upon the wealth of poetry and prose published by Keillor since his student days at the University of Minnesota. Two chapters detail the historical development of A Prairie Home Companion from its origins in 1971, when Keillor was the host of KSJNs morning show and began reading commercials for Jacks Service Station and Real Estate near the shores of a shallow lake. In addition to tracing the evolution of the Lake Wobegon monologue, these chapters examine the themes and comic techniques of the songs, poems, dramas, commercials, and audience-participation events that also constitute the Matter of Minnesota. Separate chapters on Keillors short fiction, Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home, establish the continuum between his work in radio and print, a pattern already set in his student years, while locating Keillors place in the vernacular, local color, and New Yorker traditions of American literary humor. Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home both demonstrate particularly well Keillors own contribution to American humor: efforts to blend mock-oral memories with postmodernist literary structures and to convert the personal narrative form from folklore to art.

 

 
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