Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 5 19:18:07 UTC 2006

So, George, you think we're the only ones who recognize the name of H. Allen Smith ?  He was pretty well-known...back then.....



George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
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The Rebel Yell, being a carpetbagger's attempt to establish the truth
concerning the screech of the Confederate soldier plus lesser matters
appertaining to the peculiar habits of the South. Garden City, N.Y.,
Doubleday, 1954.

Smith was a popular humorist, author of Rhubarb (made into a movie,
probably a pretty bad one), Low Man on the Totem Pole, and other
stuff. I read this in the 50s, have no memories of it. Don't expect
footnotes or IPA transcriptions, though.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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