Humanities Professor M. Thomas Inge
R-MC Humanities Professor M. Thomas Inge '59 is the co-editor of a new book, Southern
Frontier Humor: An Anthology (University of Missouri Press, 2010).
The book is an anthology of comic stories and essays that were published in nineteenth-century
newspapers in the South and elsewhere. "The authors were not writers but lawyers,
doctors and professional men who wrote for their own amusement, but in the process
they preserved in realistic detail and pure American dialect what life was like
on the Southern frontier," says Inge. "They were American literature's first realists,
and Mark Twain learned how to write by imitating them. The book is a continuation
of work I began on American humor at the start of my career and my second collaboration
with Ed Piacentino of High Point University. We published Humor of the Old South
(University of Kentucky Press) in 2001."
Inge is also the editor of the book My Life with Charlie Brown (University
Press of Mississippi, April 2010). The book is a collection of autobiographical
essays, introductions, articles, reviews and lectures that tell the personal tale
of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. In January 2010, an article Inge wrote
about Charlie Brown and Peanuts was published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
A review of the book was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday,
July 5, 2010.
On Wednesday, June 9, 2010, Inge was interviewed by the Associated Press about the
end of the Orphan Annie comic strip in print publications and its legacy. Inge was
also quoted in an article published in the July 2010 edition of Richmond
magazine. The article is titled "American Woman" and focuses on Miss America. Click
to read the article.
Inge, the Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at R-MC, joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon
College in 1984. He earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D.
at Vanderbilt University.