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HUMOR OF THE OLD DEEP SOUTH— edited by Arthur Palmer Hudson—Macmillan ($5).

Readers who are looking for kinky-haired darky side-splitters and dry drawls of whittled wit will be sadly disappointed by Humor of the Old Deep South. They would have right on their side if they called the title a misnomer. Not primarily a collection of famed or fameworthy anecdotes but a regional anthology. Compiler Hudson's book is an academic barn-full of curious gleanings picked up from old Southern almanacs, church histories, colonial archives. State records, local newspapers, magazines. Professor Hudson's cross-section of the pre-Civil War Deep South, which he calls...

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