S. J. Perelman

S. J. Perelman: (Sidney Joseph Perelman) (pĕr´əlmən), 1904–79, American comic writer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. He entered the magazine world as a cartoonist for a New York weekly, soon turning from drawing to writing. Perelman became known for the parodic articles filled with outrageous puns and lively wordplay that he contributed to the New Yorker from 1931 on. He also wrote for Broadway, notably the musical One Touch of Venus (1943) and the comedy The Beauty Part (1962). He penned screenplays for such movies as the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business (1931) and Horse Feathers (1932) and the comic epic Around the World in Eighty Days (1956, Academy Award). Perelman's sometimes archly satirical, sometimes uproariously screwball humor is suggested in the titles of some of his best-known books—Strictly from Hunger (1937), Westward Ha! (1948), The Ill-Tempered Clavichord (1952), The Road to Miltown; or, Under the Spreading Atrophy (1957), The Rising Gorge (1961), and Baby It's Cold Inside (1970).

See Don't Tread on Me: The Selected Letters of S. J. Perelman (1987) ed. by P. Crowther; Conversations with S. J. Perelman (1995) ed. by T. Teicholz; S. J. Perelman: A Life (1987) by D. Hermann; S. J. Perelman: An Annotated Bibliography (1985) and S. J. Perelman: A Critical Study (1987) by S. Gale.

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S. J. Perelman: Selected full-text books and articles

Westward Ha! By S. J. Perelman Simon and Schuster, 1948
One Touch of Venus By Ogden Nash; S. J. Perelman Little, Brown and Company, 1944
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Reading I've Liked: A Personal Selection Drawn from Two Decades of Reading and Reviewing By Clifton Fadiman Simon and Schuster, 1941
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America's 93 Greatest Living Authors Present This Is My Best: Over 150 Self-Chosen and Complete Masterpieces, Together with Their Reasons for Their Selections By Whit Burnett Dial Press, 1942
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Seriously Funny . . By Vestey, Michael The Spectator, December 3, 2005
Agee: Selected Literary Documents By James Agee; Victor A. Kramer Whitston, 1996
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