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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  10 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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Evan
No one reads the old humorists anymore. And why should they, with so many stories of sexy 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
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Peter
Jul 26, 2012 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.
Riley Haas
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
"Silly, and it requires too much knowledge of the context. But these are pretty decent on the whole and it is very easy to see their importance in the popular mind.
"The New Fable of the Private Agitator and What He Cooked Up": 8
"The New Fable of the Speedy Sprite": 6
"The New Fable of the Intermittent Fusser": 7
"The New Fable of the Search for Climate": 7
"The New Fable of the Father Who Jumped In": 6
"The New Fable of the Uplifter and His Dandy Little Opus": 7
"The New Fable of the Wandering
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Story Life
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good collection of fables. Few people are reading humorists nowadays.

I have read most of the stories in Fables in Slang at following link.

Fables in Slang
Eric
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
My copy is an old hardcover, original 1906. It's very good light reading in the vein of Aesop.
Wilbur
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, if dated.
Melody
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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.
Diane
Nov 20, 2014 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...
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Bizarre and hilarious.
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This amusing volume was brought to my attention by that wonderful work -- Noel Perrin's A Reader's Delight -- which has led me to many previous happy rediscoveries. If you're a serious reader, I'd strongly suggest rounding up a copy of Perrin.

George Ade was a newspaper humorist, deliberately following in the footsteps of Mark Twain, and based in Chicago all his life. His focus was everyday life, and the tribulations and sillinesses of the common man. He also wrote comedic/satiric plays.

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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
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