Humour in literature plays several roles. It catches the reader's attention, surprises with its novel approach, generates interest in the characters and plot and engenders empathy when it provides descriptions and experiences that the reader can identify with.
There are two major awards for literary humour - the Thurber Award, named after American humourist James Thurber, and the Leacock Award named after Canadian humourist and personality Stephen Leacock.
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