Nye, Edgar (Bill) (1850 - 1896)

Genre: General Fiction

Edgar (Bill) Nye was a well-known newspaperman and humorist born in Shirley, Maine; he spent much of his life out west and in New York. He was a contemporary of Mark Twain and is known for the same type of "frontier" humor.

Selected Bibliography

  • Bill Nye and Boomerang, or, the Tale of a Meek-Eyed Mule (1881)
  • Forty Liars, and Other Lies (1882)
  • Baled Hay: A Drier Book than Walt Whitman's "Leaves O' Grass" (1884)
  • Remarks by Bill Nye (1886)
  • Thinks (1888)
  • Bill Nye's Chestnuts, Old and New (1888)
  • Bill Nye's Remarks (1891)
  • Sparks from the Pen of Bill Nye (1892)
  • Bill Nye's History of the United States (1894)
  • Bill Nye's Sparks (1896)
  • Bill Nye's History of England from the Druids to the Reign of Henry VIII (1896)
  • A Guest at the Ludlow, and other stories (1896)
  • Nye and Riley's Wit and Humor (Poems and Yarns) (1900) (with James Whitcomb Riley)
  • Bill Nye's Comic History of England (1906)
  • Bill Nye's Red Book (1906)
  • Bill Nye, His Own Life Story (1926)

Selected Resources

  • Bill Nye: The Western Writings (1976; by D.B. Kesterson)
  • The Best of Bill Nye's Humor: Selections from the Nineteenth-Century Humorist (1972; ed. Louis Hasley)