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Most of the Most of S. J. Perelman (1958)

by S. J. Perelman

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Series: Modern Library Humor and Wit Series

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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) ( )
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Perelman, S. J.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryson, BillIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamburger, PhilipAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, SteveEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, DorothyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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