The Essential Groucho

Writings By, For, and about Groucho Marx

By Groucho Marx; Stefan Kanfer; Stefan Kanfer (Editor)
Vintage, Paperback, 9780375702136, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2000

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Groucho Marx may be the funniest man who ever lived.  Here in one volume are the classics of Marxian mayhem: excerpts from the scripts of the immortal movies, passages from his books, his articles for magazines ranging from The New Yorker to the Saturday Evening Post, the  choicest ad-libs and quips from his long-running game show, You Bet Your Life, and selected letters, including his classic correspondence with T. S. Eliot.  It's all here-the finest and funniest work by this century's most influential comedian, that man of whom Woody Allen said, "He is simply unique in the same way Picasso and Stravinsky are, and I believe his outrageous, unsentimental disregard for order will be equally funny a thousand years from now.  In addition to all this, he makes me laugh."

In the words of Groucho Marx:

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he go in my pajamas I don't know.

Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.




About the Author
Robert S. Bader, a Marx Brothers fanatic, has been collecting Groucho Marx's magazine and newspaper articles for over twenty years. He lives in New York City.


Stefan Kanfer's books include "The Eighth Sin," "A Summer World," "The Last Empire," "Serious Business," "Groucho, Ball of Fire, "and "Stardust Lost. "He was a writer and editor at "Time "for more than twenty years and was their first bylined film critic, a post he held from 1967 to 1972. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and recipient of numerous writing awards, Kanfer is currently in the Distinguished Writer program at Southampton College, Long Island University. He divides his time between New York and Cape Cod.

Stefan Kanfer's books include "The Eighth Sin," "A Summer World," "The Last Empire," "Serious Business," "Groucho, Ball of Fire, "and "Stardust Lost. "He was a writer and editor at "Time "for more than twenty years and was their first bylined film critic, a post he held from 1967 to 1972. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and recipient of numerous writing awards, Kanfer is currently in the Distinguished Writer program at Southampton College, Long Island University. He divides his time between New York and Cape Cod.
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