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Most of the Most of S.J. Perelman (Modern Library Humor and Wit) (original 1958; édition 2000)

par S.J. Perelman

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A collection of works by one of America's most popular humorists offers his unique perspective on books, movies, New York socialites, the newspaper business, country life, travel, Hollywood, the publishing industry, and himself.
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Titre:Most of the Most of S.J. Perelman (Modern Library Humor and Wit)
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Just a little too dated to resonate much these days, but I'm sure that folks back then loved these missives. I couldn't really make it far, since Perelman's method gets a bit old quickly. ( )
  nog | Aug 5, 2013 |
Picked this up in an attempt to become witty. While the author is certainly sesquipedalian, I did not find this an entirely funny or even sybaritic experience.
  jcrben | Dec 16, 2012 |
Back when I was trying hard to be cultured, I picked up this book. I've read a lot of the stories, but I don't think I'll ever finish it, so it'll remain in the skimmed/unfinished collection. It's certainly sesquipedalian but most of the cultural allusions go over my head or just don't amuse me.
  jcrben | Aug 20, 2012 |
Great anthology, but doesn't have some of the best from his other books. Luckily, these are still available. ( )
  jkhertog111 | Nov 1, 2006 |
Basically a reprint of an older, out-of-print Perelman collection, the
articles and essays here come mostly from the New Yorker and were
originally published between 1930 and 1958. Introduced by "guest
editor" Steve Martin (whose sole contribution as editor seems to be the
unnecessary cutting of the "Acres and Pains" section of the original
collection, which at one point could be purchased separately but is now
out of print) the collection is a fine introduction to Perelman's work
unique brand of humor writing. The highlight of the collection is the
"Cloudland Revisited" series, in which Perelman looks back at the films
and book he enjoyed in his youth with the clearer vision of his
adulthood and realizing what dreck all of it was. It's a fine
collection, and it's nice to see Perelman being reprinted in any form,
but why the Modern Library would bother to reprint an abridged version
of this master's work is beyond me.

(This review originally appeared on zombieunderground.net) ( )
1 voter coffeezombie | Sep 10, 2006 |
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The huge advantage of American humour, as one sees it in S. J. Perelman, is in the punishment of character and the use of language. Unlike Thurber who has been much admired by us, Perelman is not an understater who suddenly throws out an almost spiritual blossom. He drops ash into the dessert. Perelman either grew up with burlesque or soon got caught up in it. Immediate action is his need...

For a long time the English humorists have suffered from having achieved the funny man’s dream; they have either gone straight for the information or have succumbed to the prosaic beauty of their own utterance. They are ‘facetious’ without being Boswell. Mr Perelman is not entirely free of the English vice. I have caught him adding an unnecessary ‘I said with hauteur’ or ‘I said with dignity’. This weakness he may have picked up on his annual visits to those fake cathedral closes of ours in Savile Row. (The metaphor is his.) But he does not wear thin. There are four or five narky things in the present book which are as good as anything in Crazy Like a Fox.
ajouté par SnootyBaronet | modifierTimes Literary Supplement, V.S. Pritchett
 

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