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- DescriptionPlains humor from the sage of Dannebrog One day Roger Welsch ventured to ask his father a delicate personalquestion: Why am I an only child? His father's answer is one of many examples of the delightful and laughter-inducing ribald tales Welschhas compiled from a lifetime of listening to and sharing the folkloreof the Plains. More narrative than a simple joke, and the product ofmultiple retellings, these coarse tales were delivered even by suchprudish sources as Welsch's stern and fearsome German great-aunts.Speaking of cucumbers and sausages in a toast to a newly marriedcouple, the prim and proper women of Welsch's memory voice theobscene and unspeakable in stories fit for general company. Why I'man Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales is Welsch'scelebration of the gentle and evocative bits of humor reflecting thepersonality of the people of the Plains.
- Author BiographyRoger Welsch is a retired professor of English and anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA and a former essayist for CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the author of more than forty books,including A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore (Nebraska, 1966),My Nebraska: The Good, the Bad, and the Husker (Nebraska, 2011), andmost recently, The Reluctant Pilgrim: A Skeptic's Journey into NativeMysteries (Nebraska, 2012). Dick Cavett is the former talk-show host of The Dick Cavett Show. Originally from Nebraska, he was a writer for The Tonight Show for host Johnny Carson and won three Emmy awards throughout his career.
- Author(s)Roger L. Welsch
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2016
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Foreword byDick Cavett
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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