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Punch and Judy: A Short History with the Original Dialogue
Braggart and bully, the immortal Punch has delighted audiences for centuries. On street corners and at country fairs, crowds of English children cheer for this paragon of unrepentant wickedness, shouting encouragement and applauding his gleeful buffoonery. Punch struts and boasts, cracking jokes and heads, while the casualties mount: Judy, his shrieking wife; the interferi ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 28th 2006 by Dover Publications
(first published June 2nd 2000)
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written originally in the 19th century and reads like it. the commentary on punch is overly erudite (does every page need a footnote referencing shakespeare? really?) and doesn't add much of anything. but cruikshank's illustrations are, as always, brilliant. and it's a treat to have a version of the performance set down. of interest to me was the abundance of references to outlaws within the text. i would only recommend this to someone who is very interested in punch and judy - and even then if ...more