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Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded: Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire [Paperback]

Alan Dundes , Carl R. Pagter

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Dec 1 1992 Humor in Life and Letters
Anyone who has ever filled in a form in triplicate, taken an aptitude test, or been rebuffed by a form letter will appreciate the urban folklore found in this collection. Urban people as a folk are bound together by their unhappy experiences in battling "the system," whether that system is the machinery of government or the office where one works. The wonderfully expressive materials in this book-chain letters, memoranda, notices, and cartoons-touch upon every major controversy of urban America: racism, sex, politics, automation, alienation, welfare, the women's movement, military mentality, and office bureaucracy. The humor of the materials pinpoints the ills and frustrations of modern society and becomes, in turn, an escape from them.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr; New edition edition (Dec 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814324320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814324325
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g

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About the Author

Alan Dundes is a professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. Carl R. Pagter is counsel and consultant for a large corporation in California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An American Treasure of humor June 12 1999
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This book is a MUST HAVE for the office worker who enjoys handing out XEROX copies of great humor. Not only is this book extremely funny, it has captured an "almost lost history" of American folklore. Nowhere else can you get the ultimate source of good humor, that has detailed explainations of what and how each joke (or story) have come to being. Good information to educate the younger generation who don't quite understand the true humor of the past. Get a copy of this genuine relic of great writings of people like you and me. A modest collection of pamphlets, cartoons, stories, limmericks, "Top Ten", racial, religious, nationality, poems. etc... some of which you may have seen passed around the office at one time or another. Probably the best "bathroom book" you'll ever get your hands on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars White-collar frustration gets white-hot Oct. 7 1997
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White-collar frustration gets white-hot in this hilarious look into the minds of America's hardest working jokers. Water-cooler not included.
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the office workers of the world. A MUST HAVE !! Aug. 4 1999
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Gotta have it. If you are at all interested in the origins of all the photocopier art passsed around from desk to desk and generation to generation...
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as funny as when I first read a beaten up copy ... July 23 2014
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Still as funny as when I first read a beaten up copy of it at the school lunchtable, in the early 80's

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