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A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears

A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears is a children's book written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, first published in 1995 by HarperCollins. The first edition was a library binding with 180 pages.[1][2]

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears
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AuthorJules Feiffer
IllustratorJules Feiffer
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's novel
PublisherHarperCollins
Publication date
1995
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages180 pp
ISBN978-0-06-205099-1
OCLC33950950
LC ClassPZ8.F358 Bar 1995

WorldCat Identities contains records of seven editions of this book in 765 libraries worldwide [3]

SynopsisEdit

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears follows the young prince Roger, who haphazardly sets out on a quest to prepare himself to become king. The book expresses the emotions of various individuals through two long-lost lovers reunited, several unlikely couples marrying, and a friend-turned-evil's attempts for revenge. While Roger himself starts out as pure and innocent, he seems somewhat naive and incapable of feeling serious.

The quest, which contains plenty of sad events, gradually brings Roger to a point where he still is humorous, but is caring about specific individuals as opposed to finding shallow humor in everything. The beautiful Princess Petulia, and her servant, likewise, find similar changes in personality through their experiences, as they go from being bitterly indifferent to loving and plainspoken to kinder respectively.

Publication historyEdit

  • Feiffer, Jules (1995). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-205099-1.
  • Feiffer, Jules (1995). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-205098-4.
  • Feiffer, Jules (1998). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-205926-0.
  • Feiffer, Jules (2001). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. Prince Frederick: Recorded Books, LLC. ISBN 978-1-4025-1961-1.
  • Feiffer, Jules (2001). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. Prince Frederick: Recorded Books, LLC. ISBN 978-0-7887-5344-2.
  • Feiffer, Jules (2001). A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. Prince Frederick: Recorded Books, LLC. ISBN 978-0-7887-5376-3.
  • Feiffer, Jules (2003). Der Fluch Des Lachens. München: Omnibus. ISBN 978-3-570-21081-9. (German language)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink for 94079737". LCCN Permalink. US: Library of Congress. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  2. ^ "Amazon.com: A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears: Jules Feiffer: Books". Amazon.com. US: Amazon.com, Inc. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  3. ^ a b "Feiffer, Jules [WorldCat Identities]". WorldCat Identities. Dublin, OH, US: Online Computer Library Center. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2009-02-17.