Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

By Mark Cohen
(Brandeis University Press, Hardcover, 9781611682564, 353pp.)

Publication Date: May 2013

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Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In Overweight Sensation, Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman's legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman's estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is destined to become the definitive Sherman biography.

About the Author
Mark Cohen’s photography is in many major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the George Eastman House, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He has published three previous books—Grim Street, True Color, and Dark Knees—and his work has been included in over eighty individual and group exhibitions.
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