Alexander Welsh is Emily Sanford Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Yale University. His many publications include The City of Dickens, Reflections on the Hero as Quixote, and Hamlet in His Modern Guises. He lives in Bethany, CT.
“Deeply learned without making a parade of its learning, The
Humanist Comedy is urbane and graceful in exposition; and like
everything by Welsh, it is lucid and often eloquent, with a wry wit
throughout.”—Leo Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature,
Emeritus, Harvard University
“The Humanist Comedy is an imaginative and erudite history of laughter as a means of planting truths in resistant minds. Alexander Welsh shows how Erasmus, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Molière, and others have vindicated comedy as a genre of wisdom literature.”—David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University
“Both intelligent and engaging throughout, The Humanist Comedy traces a steady tradition from classical antiquity to modern secularized Europe of serious comic skepticism about divinity and its prerogatives.”—Gordon Braden, Linden Kent Memorial Professor, University of Virginia