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Without Feathers

Allen, Woody

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ISBN 10: 0394497430 / ISBN 13: 9780394497433
Published by Random House, New York, 1975
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First printing of First Edition. Very Good in a bright Near Fine dust jacket. Previous owner name/info and stylized name on FEP. Faint soiling to fore page-ends. A tight, square copy - very likely unread. DJ is in great shape with no chips or tears and little evidence of edgewear. There is a crease on front flap and a touch of crinkling to spine ends. Jacket corners are remarkably free of wear. Bookseller Inventory # 36027

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Title: Without Feathers

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

The comedian-writer-filmmaker offers stories, essays, parodies, one-act plays, and fugitive pieces, in which he grapples and gallivants with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes and fortuitous outrages

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The title of Woody Allen's second collection of New Yorker-style sprint humor is a sly comment on Emily Dickinson's famous quote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." Without Feathers delivers Allen's hopeless schlub persona--you remember, what he used to be before he was either a lecher or an auteur, depending on your politics. In addition to being as funny as anything published since, to read Without Feathers is to return to a simpler time, when being a fan of his work was common, not controversial.

Though each piece is funny, two of them are particularly notable examples of Allen's distinctive style (borrowed in large part from S.J. Perelman by way of the Borscht Belt, but distinctive, nevertheless)--"The Whore of Mensa" and "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists." Here's an excerpt from the latter:

Mrs. Sol Schwimmer is suing me because I made her bridge as I felt it and not to fit her ridiculous mouth! That's right! I can't work to order like a common tradesman! I decided her bridge should be enormous and billowing, with wild, explosive teeth flaring up in every direction like fire! Now she is upset because it won't fit in her mouth! She is so bourgeois and stupid, I want to smash her! I tried forcing the false plate in but it sticks out like a star burst chandelier.
Without Feathers is fine, funny prose, from an American master. If you're a fan, seek it out immediately. It's a document from the days when Woody was not important, but merely hysterically funny. --Michael Gerber

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