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The Last Laugh

PERELMAN, S.J

Published by New York Simon & Schuster 1981, 1981
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First Edition. From the library of Abby Perelman, the daughter of the great American humorist, author, and screenwriter S.J. Perelman. With a document providing provenance laid in. Introduction by Paul Theroux. Near fine copy with a hint of use in a near fine dust jacket with the faintest trace of edge wear. Published posthumously, a collection of short pieces, including ÔAnd Then the Whining Schoolboy with His Satchel,Õ ÔOne Order of Blintzes, and Hold the Flimflam,Õ as well as a substantial part of his uncompleted autobiography, ÔThe Hindsight Saga.Õ Sidney Joseph Perelman, popularly known as S. J. Perelman (1904 Ð 1979), was one of the most widely read literary icons of the Golden Age of American Humor. His New Yorker pieces, fiction, and collected essays are legendary for their biting wit and mastery of caricature and language. Off and on throughout his career he worked in film, notably as a contributing screenwriter on such Hollywood comedy classics as Monkey Business and Horse Feathers with the Marx Brothers, Mike ToddÕs Around the World in 80 Days (for which he won an Oscar), co-creator of the hit Broadway musical comedy One Touch of Venus starring Mary Martin, as well as many publishing (including twenty-one books), radio, television, and travel writing ventures. He was the brother-in-law of the writer Nathanael West with whom he shared a close relationship up until WestÕs death in a car accident in 1940 at age thirty-seven, and whose memory and literary reputation he devoted himself to maintaining. His inner circle of literary and show-business friends and associates included F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Marx Brothers, Mike Todd, Harold Ross, T.S. Eliot, Al Hirschfeld, Bennett Cerf, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Parker, Fred Allen, Kaufman and Hart, Ogden Nash, Ernest Hemingway, W. Somerset Maugham, etc. S.J. Perelman was a gifted man with conflicting desires living and working in complex times. While his writing brought much laughter to the world, his personal life reflected his restless spirit and inner struggles with his relationships to his family, friends, and intimates. Dorothy Herrmann ends her wonderful biography of Perelman with these insights: ÒÉhis genius was uniqueÉhighly literate and inventive, yet cranky and irreverentÉperhaps no other modern writer was willing to match his commitment to wordsÉWhether this was a rare gift or a feverish obsession is unimportant in the last analysis. For he made us forget for a brief time our own pain and sorrows Ð and enter a wild, wonderful realm of fantasy that was sublime.Ó. Bookseller Inventory # 18758E

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Title: The Last Laugh

Publisher: New York Simon & Schuster 1981

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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