HPU Professor Publishes Book On Southern Humor


HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 31, 2010 – Dr. Ed Piacentino, professor of English at High Point University, recently published a book, titled “Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology” (University of Missouri Press).

The book, which was co-edited by Piacentino and Tom Inge, marks the first new collection of antebellum southern humor published in the last sixteen years, and includes major writers in the genre as well as many lesser-known and recently recovered humorists. The authors include August Baldwin, Thomas Bangs Thorpe, Hamilton C. Jones, Joseph M. Field, and many more.

“The choice of many of text selections reflect recent trends in literary scholarship and criticism that are relevant to matters of race, gender, and ethnicity,” says Piacentino.

Piacentino, is an active scholar of American Literature and has published over 150 articles and authored or edited 7 books, including “T. S. Stribling: Pioneer Realist in Modern Southern Literature,” “The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor” and C.M. Hallie’s “Pardon Jones’ Letters: Old Southwest Humor from Antebellum Louisiana.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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