The Best of S. J. Perelman- 1947 Modern Library vintage hardback

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Condition: Acceptable: Signs of wear and consistent use. See images for the condition of this book.

Blurb: Excerpt from The Best of S. J. Perelman: With a Critical Introduction from Sidney Namlerep

S. J. Perelman deserves the same consideration one accords old ladies on street cars, babies traveling unescorted on planes, and the feeble-minded generally-it is important to remember the crushing, the well-nigh intolerable odds under which the man has struggled to produce what may well be, in the verdict of history, the most picayune prose ever produced in America. Denied every advantage, beset and plagued by ill fortune and a disposition so crabbed as to make Alexander Pope and Dr. Johnson seem sunny by contrast, he has nevertheless managed to belt out a series of books each less distinguished than its predecessor, each a milestone of bombast, conceit, pedantry, and strutting pomposity. In his pages proliferate all the weird grammatical flora tabulated by H. W. Fowler in his Modem English Usage - the Elegant Variation, the Facetious Zeugma, the cast-iron Idiom, the Battered Ornament.