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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  13 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 22nd 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 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 not
Ed Erwin
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this was quite popular 100 years ago. I does nothing for me now. Short, supposedly funny, stories many contrasting city folk and country folk, told in American vernacular English, with tongue-in-check morals attached at the end. Like Mark Twain but not half as entertaining.

(The Westvaco 1972 Christmas edition I found is a physically lovely. Wish they'd picked a different text for such lovely treatment.)
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. ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These stories are collected from Ade's newspaper columns. They are short, funny, perceptive. A delightful read and an interesting look at America at the beginning of the 20th Century. In terms of prejudice, class, and injustice generally, it's fascinating to see what's changed and what hasn't. ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, indiana
I read this for period slang research, which was very helpful, but it turned out the book was hilarious too. Definitely a good time.
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
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
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. ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, if dated.
Oct 21, 2011 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. ...more
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... ...more
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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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