Life With Father (Comic classics)

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Clarence Day's comic stories of his father, Clarence "Clare" Day Senior are taken from the "New Yorker" magazine. They portray a rambunctious, overburdened Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family should be just so. When it isn't, all hell breaks loose and an amusing sight it is too from a safe enough distance. Clare is intolerant, tyrannical and plain obnoxious in his constant battle to harness the world to his way of thinking. He rages against his staff, his cook, his wife, his horse, salesmen, the need for holidays, the need to be ill and, of course, the inability of his children to live up to his impossible standards. Yet, the more he rails, the more comic a figure he cuts and the more he blusters, the more lovable this makes him to his own beleaguered family.

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Set in 1890s New York, Clarence Day’s tales of his father, Clarence “Clare” Day, Sr., portray a willful, rambunctious, short–fused Wall Street broker who demands perfection. Intolerant and tyrannical in his determined battle to harness the world to his way of thinking, Clarence blusters at his wife, his cook, his horse, shopkeepers, servants, and, of course, his children and their inability to live up to his preposterous standards. Yet, the more he rants, the more comical he becomes—and the more he seems to endear himself to his beleaguered and bemused family. First published in 1935, and serialized in THE NEW YORKER, Life with Father was adapted for the stage in 1939, brought to the screen in 1947, and went on to become a much–loved television series in the 1950s.

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