Comic NovelA comic novel is a fictional work in which the author seeks to amuse and entertain the reader using subtle or direct humorous language or behavior. In most comic novels, the characters are people with moral defects which are plainly satirized. The conflict is in most cases ridiculous and the characters often find themselves confronting false issues and situations. The finish is always happy and cheerful and the characters that once were in conflict are now reconciled and peaceful. Comedy appeared in ancient Greece, having its origin among people, during feasts held in honor of the god Dionysus. The gatherings were characterized by a joyful procession in which participants exchanged jokes and satirical character lines. Most valuable comedians were the Latin Terentiu and Plaut whose songs have been models of Renaissance Italian comic authors: Machiavelli, Bibbena or Arisoto.
Some notable comic novel authors include Tom Sharpe, a satirical writer well known for the Wilt series of novels, P.G. Wodenhouse very famous for the 'Jeeves' and 'Blandings Castle' novels and short stories. Between the novels in the internet, you can easily find one of his great novels, 'Indiscretions of Archie', published on February 14, 1921 in United Kingdom. Wodenhouse was an acknowledged English humorist that has been highly admired by modern writers such as Stephen Fry or Terry Pratchett. 53 year old Stephen Fry is an English journalist, author, screenwriter poet and comedian that have written four novels and two volumes of autobiographies so far. Together with Hugh Laurie, Fry co-starred and also co-wrote 'A bit of Fry and Laurie'. Other great novel of this genre is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' written by the famous novelist John Kennedy Toole. Unfortunately, his work was never recognized at its true value while he was still alive. Another satirical and humorist great contribution to this genre are Shakespeare comic novel books 'All’s Well That Ends Well', 'The Comedy of Errors', 'Tamping of the Shrew' and many more.