WorldCat Identities

Blount, Roy Jr 1941-

Overview
Works: 128 works in 358 publications in 1 language and 22,202 library holdings
Genres: Humor  History  Biography  Fiction  Chronologies  Humorous fiction  Biography‡vHumor  Essays  Travel writing  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Scenarist, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Performer
Classifications: PS3552.L687, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Roy Blount
Robert E. Lee : a Penguin life by Roy Blount( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iconic Virginian, brilliant general, and complex human being---that last aspect of Robert E. Lee has daunted biographers and been disregarded by partisans. Now Roy Blount Jr. combines acute character insight with lively storytelling and full-hearted Southern directness to craft this unique portrait. Fascinated by what made Lee such a charismatic, though reluctant, leader, Blount delves into the influences of Lee's illustrious but scandal-clouded ancestry, his hero-turned-scapegrace father, and his beloved, beautiful, husband-forsaken mother. In 1861 Lee was Lincoln's first choice to lead the Union troops, but his Virginia roots drew him, instead, to Confederate command. Blount vividly conveys Lee's audacity and uncanny successes in battle, and also his humility, his quirky humor (certain jokes in particular), his faults as a communicator, and his sorrowful sense of responsibility for his outnumbered, half-starved army. Robert E. Lee, the first brief biography of this American legend, will appeal to history and military buffs, students of Southern culture, and every reader curious about the makeup of a man born to be a myth
Alphabet juice : the energies, gists, and spirits of letters, words, and combinations thereof, their roots, bones, innards, piths, pips, and secret parts, tinctures, tonics, and essences, with examples of their usage foul and savory by Roy Blount( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After 40 years of making a living using words in every medium, print or electronic, Blount still can't get over his ABCs. In this book, he celebrates the juju, the sonic and kinetic energies of letters and their combinations
First Hubby by Roy Blount( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guy Fox finds his romance and marriage to Clementine Fox, vice president of the United States, irrevocably altered when the president drops dead and Clementine becomes America's first female president
About three bricks shy ... and the load filled up : the story of the greatest football team ever by Roy Blount( )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roy Blount Jr. recounts the experiences he had during the season he spent observing the Pittsburgh Steelers, capturing the pain, joy, fears, and humor of the championship team in their 1973 season
A tramp abroad ; Following the equator ; Other travels by Mark Twain( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tramp abroad (1880) is based on Twain's travels in Europe from April 1878 to August 1879, blending autobiography and fiction. Presented with the author's original sketches, Twain provides a humorous travelogue with commentary on Old World customs, Wagnerian opera, and the German language interlaced with American reminiscences. Following the equator (1897) chronicles Twain's 1895 round-the-world lecture tour, including the Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, India, Mauritius, and South Africa. Includes social criticism and accounts of the Black Hole of Calcutta and events in South Africa that would lead to the Boer War.--Adapted from Book jacket
Now where were we? by Roy Blount( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays, songs, and poems
Roy Blount's book of Southern humor( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treasury of contemporary Southern humor includes more than 150 stories, sketches, essays, poems, memoirs, and song lyrics from William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Zora Neal Hurston, Dave Barry, and other contributors
Crackers : this whole many-angled thing of Jimmy, more Carters, ominous little animals, sad singing women, my daddy, and me by Roy Blount( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; The Invocation; Pissing and Moaning; Nyah; Yazoo; The Damnedest Thing; Things in the Wrong Hands; Being from Georgia; South of the Border; A Many-Angled Thing; Trash No More; Early Billy; Smack Dab in the Media; Later Billy; Smiles and Grins; Whiskey and Blood; I May Have Sung with Jerry Jeff; Drugs in the White House; Heterosexism and Dancing; Redneck Androgyny; Possumism; Jrs.; Approaching the White House; The Curse of Georgians; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Copyright
Not exactly what I had in mind by Roy Blount( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A funny and incisive collection of essays on oddities of life in the 1980s, from one of America & rsquo;s most cherished humorists First published in 1985, Not Exactly What I Had In Mind is Roy Blount Jr. & rsquo;s smart and witty examination of the era & rsquo;s most glaring absurdities & mdash;from the ever-growing deficit under then-president Reagan to the Game Theory & ndash;like levels of strategy required to pack for a vacation. In & ldquo;Testimonial, Head-on, & rdquo; Blount offers a loving ode to the virtues of full-bodied beer. In & ldquo;Who You Gonna Call? & rdquo; he enumerates the indefatigable charms of Bill Murray. And in & ldquo;What You Personally Can Do about the Federal Deficit, & rdquo; he proposes a brilliantly simple and populist way to reduce government debt & mdash;and probably make your neighborhood post office very happy in the process. Powered by Roy Blount & rsquo;s irresistible sense of humor, Not Exactly What I Had in Mind revels in Reagan-era topics, but with a humor that is truly timeless
The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th anniversary book by Gerald Astor( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents historical photographs and original essays on Hall of Fame players by nine of the country's finest baseball writers
Alphabetter juice : or, the joy of text by Roy Blount( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists. No man of letters savors the ABC’s, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from adhominy to zizz, is hearty, full bodied, and out to please discriminating palates coarse and fine. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combinations in Alphabet Juice, to wide acclaim. Now, Alphabetter Juice. Which is better. This book is for anyone—novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian—who loves to get physical with words. What is the universal sign of disgust, ew, doing in beautiful and cutie? Why is toadless, but not frogless, in the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. Supreme Court find relevance in gollywoddles? Might there be scientific evidence for the sonicky value of hunch? And why would someone not bother to spell correctly the very word he is trying to define on Urbandictionary.com? Digging into how locutions evolve, and work, or fail, Blount draws upon everything from The Tempest to The Wire. He takes us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a “girl gillie,” and to Georgian England, where a distinguished etymologist bites off more of a “giantess” than he can chew. Jimmy Stewart appears, in connection with kludge and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over supercalifragilisticexpialidocious leads to a vintage werewolf movie; news of possum-tossing, to metanarrative. As Michael Dirda wrote in The Washington Post Book World, “The immensely likeable Blount clearly possesses what was called in the Italian Renaissance ‘sprezzatura,’ that rare and enviable ability to do even the most difficult things without breaking a sweat.” Alphabetter Juice is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a taste. -- Provided by publisher
What men don't tell women by Roy Blount( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why I Live Where I Live, If I DoBlue Yodel 27; About the Author; Copyright Page
Camels are easy, comedy's hard by Roy Blount( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An eclectic collection from Roy Blount Jr., master of American humor writing I'll tell you what kind of book I believe in: one that makes people say, at first sight, what the first person who ever saw a camel must have said: "What in the world is that?" And then, after a while, "Yet it seems to fit together some way." In this laugh-a-minute assortment of essays, travel writing, poems, and even the occasional crossword puzzle, Roy Blount Jr. covers sixty-four different subjects, all unified by his trademark humor. "Tan" is a personal essay about Blount's lifelong battle with, sometimes for and sometimes against, that elusive summer glow. "Wild Fish Ripped My Flesh" chronicles his misadventures navigating the Amazon River. And "Lit Demystified Quickly" is a tongue-in-cheek poem about larger-than-life literary figures such as James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Walt Whitman. Camels Are Easy, Comedy's Hard is a classic compendium of the wisecracks and wisdom for which Blount is renowned
Hail, hail, euphoria! : presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck soup, the greatest war movie ever made by Roy Blount( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedica genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes"--Page 2 of cover
One fell soup, or, I'm just a bug on the windshield of life by Roy Blount( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short pieces about everything from genius and God to socks and lentils, from one of America's most beloved humor writers One Fell Soup brings together the reviews, diatribes, investigations, meditations, and poetry of Roy Blount Jr., a writer as insightful as he is funny. Culled from his many columns and magazine writings, this volume offers an unparalleled look at the varied interests of a writer the New York Times has compared to Mark Twain--albeit with a far greater demonstrated interest in love songs about gravy, ice cream, and mac and cheese.?Chickens? celebrates the vast cultural importance--and criminal neglect--of the most abundant domesticated fowl.?So This Is Male Sexuality? examines the unsettling specter of sex researchers like Masters and Johnson looming over one's private thoughts. And?Merely Shot in the Head? ponders the absurd willpower of a man who finishes a full marathon after taking a bullet ten miles into the race
Larger than life( Visual )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedy about a successful businessman (Murray) who inherits a circus elephant
About three bricks shy of a load; a highly irregular lowdown on the year the Pittsburgh Steelers were super but missed the bowl by Roy Blount( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roy Blount Jr. & rsquo;s acclaimed account of the 1973 Pittsburgh Steelers & mdash;a team on the cusp of once-in-a-generation greatness The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s are mentioned in any conversation about the greatest dynasties in NFL history. A year before Pittsburgh & rsquo;s first Super Bowl victory launched a decade of domination, Roy Blount Jr. spent a season traveling with the team, recording the ups and downs, both large and small, in the lives of men who would soon reach the pinnacle of success in their sport. He covers everything from the birth of the & ldquo;Steel Curtain & rdquo; defense to the unique connection the people of Pittsburgh had with their hard-nosed team. Interspersed with vivid depictions of players like Terry Bradshaw, & ldquo;Mean & rdquo; Joe Greene, and Ernie & ldquo;Fats & rdquo; Holmes, as well as the team owners, the Rooney clan, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load harks back to a bygone era when offensive linemen could weigh about the same as the backs they blocked for, when the highest-paying team & rsquo;s highest-paid player & mdash;Bradshaw & mdash;made $400,000, and when one team was able to win four Super Bowls in six years & mdash;a feat that remains unrivaled today. Uproariously funny and brilliantly written, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated
A murder, a mystery, and a marriage by Mark Twain( Recording )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the efforts of John Gray to marry off his daughter Mary to the heir of Deer Lick, Missouri's, wealthiest family, until the appearance of a stranger not only derails Gray's plans but also leads to murder
I am puppy, hear me yap : ages of a dog by Valerie Shaff( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photos and short poems describe the dog experience
Mark Twain's library of humor by Mark Twain( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nineteenth-century comedic works by forty-five authors, including twenty by Mark Twain, who chose the other works included in this anthology
 
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Robert E. Lee : a Penguin life
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Alphabet juice : the energies, gists, and spirits of letters, words, and combinations thereof, their roots, bones, innards, piths, pips, and secret parts, tinctures, tonics, and essences, with examples of their usage foul and savoryAbout three bricks shy ... and the load filled up : the story of the greatest football team everA tramp abroad ; Following the equator ; Other travelsRoy Blount's book of Southern humorCrackers : this whole many-angled thing of Jimmy, more Carters, ominous little animals, sad singing women, my daddy, and meAlphabetter juice : or, the joy of textHail, hail, euphoria! : presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck soup, the greatest war movie ever madeA murder, a mystery, and a marriage
Alternative Names
Blount, Roy Alton

Blount Roy Jr

Blount Roy junior

Roy Blount

Roy Blount écrivain américain

Roy Blount, Jr. escritor estadounidense

ブラウント・ジュニア, ロイ

ロイ・ブラント・Jr

Languages
English (205)