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Fables in Slang

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1899)
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No one reads the old humorists anymore. And why should they, with so many stories of romantic werewolves and other rabies-carrying Lotharios around? Obviously there's just no competing with that.

I'm probably the only person born after 1960 who still seems to care about the musings of Robert Benchley or H. Allen Smith or Fred Allen or H.L. Mencken or S.J. Perelman or Oscar Levant or Damon Runyon or Ogden Nash or Ring Lardner Sr. or this guy, George Ade, who predated all of them in the pantheon of
Nov 20, 2014 Diane rated it it was ok
Seemed like a caricature of slang, not what real people might say... Although each one had a moral, it was usually not connected to the story. I didn't think it was very funny...
Nov 21, 2014 Wilbur rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, if dated.
Sep 26, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Amusing, but I doubt I'll remember much of this six months from now. And I've decided that Ade's fable pieces are much better heard on Ron Evry's podcast, Mr. Ron's Basement, than read in print.
Oct 22, 2011 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I finally feel like a proper Kentland/Brook girl to have read some Ade. The stories were amusing. I got the small town feel, but I'll admit I was looking for more traces of home than I found.
Jan 16, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
My copy is an old hardcover, original 1906. It's very good light reading in the vein of Aesop.
Feb 04, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
Bizarre and hilarious.
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George Ade (February 9, 1866 – May 16, 1944) was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright.

Ade's literary reputation rests upon his achievements as a great humorist of American character during an important era in American history: the first large wave of migration from the countryside to burgeoning cities like Chicago, where, in fact, Ade produced his best fiction. He was a practici
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