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Josh Billings

Josh BillingsAKA Henry Wheeler Shaw

Born: 21-Apr-1818
Birthplace: Lanesboro, MA
Died: 14-Oct-1885
Location of death: Monterey, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 19th century American humorist

One of the 19th century's most celebrated humorists, but unlike Mark Twain his humor -- writing in dialect being his chief gimmick -- generally falls flat on modern ears. His most popular works were the Farmers' Allminax, published annually, filled with aphorisms and silliness.

    University: Hamilton College (expelled)

    Expelled from School

Author of books:
Josh Billings on Ice, And Other Things (1868)
Josh Billings: His Sayings (1869)
Josh Billings Farmer's Allminax (1869-80, almanac, annual)
Everybody's Friend (1874)
Josh Billings: His Works, Complete (1876, works)
Old Probability: Perhaps Rain-Perhaps Not (1879)
Josh Billings Struggles with Things (1881)



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