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A Week in Literary History

February 1st, 2002

In 1904, humorist and screenwriter S.J. (Sidney Joseph) Perelman (Westward, Ha!, 1948) is born in Brooklyn.

S.J. Perelman, b. February 1, 1904, d. 1979

perelmanbyhirschfeld.jpgOne of the celebrated New Yorker wits of the Twenties, Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, Perelman turned out an incessant stream of parodies, satires, remniscences, and anecdotes, collected in many books. To read them now is to encounter a hilarious comedian, sometimes almost surrealistic (he wrote films for the Marx brothers), who relished and captured all the foibles of his age.

Suggested Reading Collections Dawn Ginsberg’s Revenge, 1929. Strictly from Hunger, 1937. Look Who’s Talking, 1940. The Dream Department, 1943. Acres and Pains, 1944. Keep It Crisp, 1946. Westward Ha! 1948. Listen to the Mocking Bird, 1949. Swiss Family Perelman, 1950. The Ill-tempered Clavichord, 1952. The Road to Miltown, or, Under the Spreading Atrophy, 1957. The Most of S.J. Perelman, 1958. The Rising Gorge, 1961. Baby, It’s Cold Inside, 1970. Eastward Ha! 1977. The Last Laugh, 1981. Screenplays Monkey Business, 1931. Horse Feathers, 1932. Around the World in Eighty Days, 1956.

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