Punch and Judy: A Short History with the Original Dialogue (Paperback)

Punch and Judy: A Short History with the Original Dialogue By John Payne Collier, George Cruikshank (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Braggart and bully, the immortal Punch has delighted audiences for centuries. On street corners and at country fairs, crowds of English children cheer for this paragon of unrepentant wickedness, shouting encouragement and applauding his gleeful buffoonery. Punch struts and boasts, cracking jokes and heads, while the casualties mount: Judy, his shrieking wife; the interfering policeman; the hoodwinked hangman; and the devil himself, beaten to death.
Scholarly yet entertaining, this chronicle traces the origins of puppetry's famous duo from Punch's birth in Italy to his travels across medieval Europe. Equally favored by commoners and nobility, Punch's horseplay proved as popular in France, Germany, and England as in his native country. In addition to examining the puppet show's moral and cultural significance, this book takes a look at the people behind the curtain.
Thirty engaging illustrations by the great Victorian artist George Cruikshank -- Dickens' illustrator of choice -- complement the extensive excerpts of authentic Punch and Judy dialogue.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486449036
ISBN-10: 0486449033
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: July 28th, 2006
Pages: 208
Language: English