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Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx An Updated and Expanded Edition

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(Applause Books). Groucho Marx was a comic genius who starred on stage and in film, radio, and television. But he was also a gifted writer the author of a play, two screenplays, seven books, and over 100 articles and essays. This newly expanded collection presents the best of Groucho's short comic pieces, written over a period of more than fifty years between 1919 and 1973 for the New York Times , the New Yorker , the Saturday Evening Post , Variety , the Hollywood Reporter , and other newspapers and magazines. Here is the one and only Groucho on ...
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Overview

(Applause Books). Groucho Marx was a comic genius who starred on stage and in film, radio, and television. But he was also a gifted writer the author of a play, two screenplays, seven books, and over 100 articles and essays. This newly expanded collection presents the best of Groucho's short comic pieces, written over a period of more than fifty years between 1919 and 1973 for the New York Times , the New Yorker , the Saturday Evening Post , Variety , the Hollywood Reporter , and other newspapers and magazines. Here is the one and only Groucho on his family, his days in vaudeville, his career, World War II, taxes, and other topics from his love of a good cigar to his chronic insomnia, from "Why Harpo Doesn't Talk" to "The Truth About Captain Spalding." The familiar irreverence, wordplay, and a dash of self-deprecation bring Groucho's wisecracking voice to life in these pages, firmly establishing him as one of the world's great humorists. Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales (a title of Groucho's own choosing) is essential reading for Marx Brothers fans, and a hilarious and nostalgic trip through the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557837912
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 161,538
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dick Cavett ix

Foreword to the First Edition: The Seriousness of Being Humorous by Groucho Marx xi

Introduction xiii

Acknowledgments xii

Editor's Note xiv

A Note from the Author: Marx of Humor xivii

I The Gus Sun Also Rises

Up from Pantages 3

We Stand Corrected 7

Press Agents I Have Known 9

The return of the Four Mad Prodigals 13

Bad Days Are Good Memories 16

Mackerel for Xmas 28

Why Harpo Doesn't Talk 31

II Homicode On The Range

My Poor Wife 37

Holy Smoke 43

Buy It, Put It Away, and Forget About It 48

Our Father and Us 51

Life Begins for Father 59

Uncle Jullus 61

Sh-h-h-h! 64

The Truth About Captain Spalding 69

III Forward Mark

What This Country Needs 73

Yes, We Have No Petrol 79

How to Build a Secret Weapon 82

Your Butcher Is Your Best Critic 87

Groucho Marx Gives Kidding-on-the-Square Pitch for Hosp Shows 90

How to Be a Spy 92

Standing Room Only 97

Many Happy Returns 101

IV Jamison, Take A Letter

A Lift from Groucho Marx 107

That Marx Guy, Again 110

Groucho Marx Insists 'Variety' Plug His Book 112

Groucho Marx Rebuttals 114

Dear Simon & Schuster 116

Groucho Marx's Back-to-the-Soil Movement Flivs 117

Groucho's New Idea 120

Letterature 121

And That's Why Groucho Is Not Going Into Vaude 123

Groucho Clears It Up 125

And That's Why I Won't Imitate the Four Hawaiians 127

An Apology 129

My 24 Worth 131

V Marx Remarks

My Life in Art 135

What Is Wrong with the Theater 137

This Theatrical Business 139

One of the Marks to Shoot At 142

Movie Glossary 145

Night Life of the Gods 147

Just Another Anniversary 151

Grouchoisms 153

Run for Your Career, Boys 156

I Never Could Grow a Moustache 158

Whenever I Think of Scotch, I Recall the Immortal Words of My Brother Harpo 162

VI The Schweinerei

When An Act's Successful and The Small Time's Season 169

Alibis 174

When I Was Young and Charming 176

Ahead of the Times 183

Heywood Broun 186

The Psychology of Psocks 190

Author in Search of Characters 193

Tales of Hoffman: Letter to Chico 196

How to Crank a Horse 198

J. Perelman and Al Hirschfeld 202

Light and Airy 206

How to Entertain a Guest 209

TV or Not TV 211

Groucho's Zany Yule Review of Three Slap-Happy Volumes 215

Humor from Silent Screen to TV 219

Letter to Woody Allen 229

A Letter from Groucho 232

The Odyssey of the Goats 234

Poem from Animal Crackers (1928) 239

Groucho Marx Chronology 241

Bibliography 249

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Hilarious!

    Groucho's wit is every bit as funny as it is in the movies and on his show, You Bet Your Life, with the added bonus of giving a great feel for the times - the 20's, 30's and 40's, when most of these were written.

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