Dark Laughter

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Novel by Sherwood Anderson, published in 1925.

John Stockton, a Chicago reporter, leaves his wife and his routine life to travel down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, dreaming of the epic Mark Twain might now write, “of song killed, of laughter killed, of men herded into a new age of speed, of factories, of swift, fast-running trains,” and his story is accompanied by a chorus of “dark laughter” and song by the unrepressed blacks, contrasted with the spiritual sterility of machine civilization.

Subjects: Literature.

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Sherwood Anderson (1876—1941)