Resources for College Professors
Digital catalogs of popular course subjects including History, English, Business, Social Science, Women's Studies, African-American Studies, Political Science, and more. Also includes catalogs for literature libraries such as Lincoln, Nixon, and Hemingway.
Browse our Pulitzer, National Book Award, Bancroft Prize, and other award-winning titles.
First year experience
Resources for all your Freshman Year/Campus-Wide Reading needs including recommended titles, author interviews, discussion guides, and recent selections.
Books with curriculum guides
Guides for the Folger Shakespeare Library as well as course adoption favorites such as Fahrenheit 451 and 1776.
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Two guys. Nineteen experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. The Humor Code follows the madcap adventures and oddball experiments of Professor Peter McGraw and writer Joel Warner as they discover the secret behind what makes things funny. In their search, they interview countless comics, from Doug Stanhope to Louis CK and travel across the globe from Norway to New York, from Palestine to the Amazon. It’s an epic quest, both brainy and harebrained, that culminates at the world’s largest comedy festival where the pair put their hard-earned knowledge to the test.
For the first time, they have established a comprehensive theory that answers the question “what makes things funny?” Based on original research from the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the pair’s experiences across the globe, The Humor Code explains the secret behind winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, why some dead baby jokes are funnier than others, and whether laughter really is the best medicine.
Hilarious, surprising, and sometimes even touching, The Humor Code “lays out a convincing theory about how humor works, and why it’s an essential survival mechanism” (Mother Jones).