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The Wit of Women Fourth Edition   By: (1839-1917)

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THE WIT OF WOMEN

by

KATE SANBORN

"The Wit of Women," by Miss Kate Sanborn, [Funk & Wagnalls,] proves that the authoress is one of those rare women who are gifted with a sense of humor. Fortunately for her, the female sense of humor, when it does exist, is not affected by such trifles as "chestnuts." Therefore, women will read with pleasure Miss Sanborn's choice collection of these dainties. There are, however, many new anecdotes in Miss Sanborn's collection, and, taken as a whole, it may fairly be said to establish the fact that there have been feminine wits not inferior to the best of the opposite sex.

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THE WIT OF WOMEN

by

KATE SANBORN

Fourth Edition

New York Funk & Wagnalls Company London and Toronto 1895

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1885, by Funk & Wagnalls, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D.C.

Miss Addie Boyd, of the Cincinnati "Commercial," and Miss Anna M.T. Rossiter, alias Lilla M. Cushman, of the Meriden "Recorder," will probably represent the gentler sex in the convention of paragraphers which meets next month. They are a pair o' graphic writers and equal to the best in the profession. Waterloo Observer.

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INTRODUCTION.

It is refreshing to find an unworked field all ready for harvesting.

While the wit of men, as a subject for admiration and discussion, is now threadbare, the wit of women has been almost utterly ignored and unrecognized.

With the joy and honest pride of a discoverer, I present the results of a summer's gleaning.

And I feel a cheerful and Colonel Sellers y confidence in the success of the book, for every woman will want to own it, as a matter of pride and interest, and many men will buy it just to see what women think they can do in this line. In fact, I expect a call for a second volume!

KATE SANBORN. HANOVER, N.H., August, 1885.

My thanks are due to so many publishers, magazine editors, and personal friends for material for this book, that a formal note of acknowledgment seems meagre and unsatisfactory. Proper credit, however, has been given all through the volume, and with special indebtedness to Messrs. Harper & Brothers and Charles Scribner's Sons of New York, and Houghton, Mifflin & Co. of Boston. I add sincere gratitude to all who have so generously contributed whatever was requested.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE THE MELANCHOLY TONE OF WOMEN'S POETRY PUNS, GOOD AND BAD EPIGRAMS AND LACONICS CYNICISM OF FRENCH WOMEN SENTENCES CRISP AND SPARKLING 13

CHAPTER II.

HUMOR OF LITERARY ENGLISHWOMEN 32

CHAPTER III.

FROM ANNE BRADSTREET TO MRS. STOWE 47

CHAPTER IV.

"SAMPLES" HERE AND THERE 67

CHAPTER V.

A BRACE OF WITTY WOMEN 85

CHAPTER VI.

GINGER SNAPS 103

CHAPTER VII.

PROSE, BUT NOT PROSY 122

CHAPTER VIII.

HUMOROUS POEMS 150

CHAPTER IX.

GOOD NATURED SATIRE 179

CHAPTER X.

PARODIES REVIEWS CHILDREN'S POEMS COMEDIES BY WOMEN A DRAMATIC TRIFLE A STRING OF FIRECRACKERS 195

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