“I can’t define punography, but I know it when I see it.”

Just as Potter Stewart might say, folks, this is “it.” A contemporary reader might be surprised to learn of the role that punning has played throughout the development of human communication, but this book’s ambitious subtitle stakes a claim that journalist and champion punster John Pollack amply delivers upon in The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay more than Some Antics. Part punatomy lesson, part historical treatise, and all fun, this work encompasses a wide punorama of the field.