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Truly Tasteless Jokes is a book of off-color humor by Ashton Applewhite, first published in 1982 under the pen name “Blanche Knott. Applewhite moved to New York City in 1977 to work for St. Martin’s Press, where she learned numerous offensive jokes, which her boss encouraged her to write down. In a 2011 article in Harper’s Magazine, Applewhite wrote that her collection of jokes quickly grew, and she would ask her coworkers and friends if they knew any others. Applewhite recalled that her agent was told by Dell Publishing’s paperback imprint that “We can’t publish this here.
I’m not even sure we can Xerox it. Marilyn Abraham, an editor at Random House imprint Ballantine Books, decided to publish it. The original title was one of Applewhite’s favorite jokes, What’s the Difference Between Garbage and a Girl from New Jersey? How did Helen Keller burn her fingers?
Truly Tasteless Jokes became a runaway bestseller, appearing on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly. The book’s uncensored jokes received significant criticism. Historian Barbara Tuchman spoke of the “breakdown of decency and of standards of taste” in these “terribly tasteless, disgusting books,” while professor John Hope Franklin said the books’ success was “a sad testament to the taste of this country. Tasteless jokes, though, would seem to have gone far beyond the bounds. These are not subtle expressions, their critics charge, but slurs and violations.
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