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S. J. Perelman was a prolific humorist and satirist at the New Yorker for almost half a century. His contributions had a surrealistic quality in style and in subject that elicited from Dorothy Parker the judgment that he had "a disciplined eye and a wild mind" and "a magnificent disregard" for his reader. His raillery was aimed at popular fiction, motion pictures, advertising, and similar features of our transient culture. In his preferred form, a short drama, Perelman excelled in the unconventional, the concentrated, the sophisticated in humor. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Sidney Joseph Perelman was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Providence. He entered Brown University in 1921 as a daily commuter. After leaving college, he worked as a cartoonist and later writer for Judge magazine and for College Humor magazine and in the early 1930s he went to Hollywood and worked as a script writer. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1934. In 1970, Perelman left the USA to live in London but returned to New York in 1972.
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