The 50 Funniest American Writers* *According to Andy Borowitz: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion [NOOK Book]

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Ever wondered who makes a very funny person laugh? Wonder no more. Brought together in this Library of America collection are America’s fifty funniest writers—according to acclaimed writer and comedian Andy Borowitz. Reaching back to Mark Twain and forward to contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie Mac, Wanda Sykes, and George Saunders, The 50 Funniest American Writers* is an exclusive Who’s Who of the very best American comic writing. Here are Thurber and...
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The 50 Funniest American Writers* *According to Andy Borowitz: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion

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Overview

Ever wondered who makes a very funny person laugh? Wonder no more. Brought together in this Library of America collection are America’s fifty funniest writers—according to acclaimed writer and comedian Andy Borowitz. Reaching back to Mark Twain and forward to contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie Mac, Wanda Sykes, and George Saunders, The 50 Funniest American Writers* is an exclusive Who’s Who of the very best American comic writing. Here are Thurber and Perelman, Lenny Bruce and Bruce Jay Friedman, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, and Veronica Geng, plus hilarious lesser-known pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Lampoon, and The Onion. Who does “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning) read when he needs a laugh? Here’s Andy Borowitz to tell you. 
First published in hardcover in October 2011, The 50 Funniest American Writers* became the #1 humor book in the country and a New York Times bestseller in its first week of release. In this e-book edition, an excerpt from Bored of the Rings by Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard replaces Woody Allen's "A Look at Organized Crime," which appears in the hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598531732
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 11/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: A Special Publication of The Library of America
  • Pages: 461
  • Sales rank: 128,562
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Andy Borowitz is a writer and a comedian whose work appears in The New Yorker and at his satirical website, BorowitzReport.com, which has millions of readers around the world. The author of six books, he is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (The Wall Street Journal), and “America’s satire king” (The Daily Beast). The 50 Funniest American Writers:Mark Twain, George Ade, O. Henry, Sinclair Lewis, Anita Loos, Ring Lardner, H. L. Mencken, James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Langston Hughes, Frank Sullivan, E. B. White, Peter De Vries, Terry Southern, Lenny Bruce, Tom Wolfe, Jean Shepherd, Hunter S. Thompson, Douglas Kenney, Henry Beard, Bruce Jay Friedman, Philip Roth, Nora Ephron, Michael O’Donoghue, George W. S. Trow, Fran Lebowitz, Charles Portis, Donald Barthelme, Veronica Geng, John Hughes, Mark O’Donnell, Garrison Keillor, Bruce McCall, Molly Ivins, Calvin Trillin, Dave Barry,The Onion, Susan Orlean, Roy Blount Jr., George Carlin, Ian Frazier, David Rakoff, Bernie Mac, David Sedaris, Wanda Sykes, Jack Handey, David Owen, George Saunders, Jenny Allen, Sloane Crosley, Larry Wilmore              
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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Laugh-out-loud Collection

    From the Humor Lit Books Blog

    The Library of America - best known for its collections of American authors from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Philip Roth - set for itself a seemingly impossible task: anthologizing the fifty funniest masters of American humor writing. To that end, they joined forces with the acclaimed comedian and writer Andy Borowitz, who rocketed to fame through his wildly popular satirical website, The Borowitz Report. Instead of it customary somber black cover, the Library of America packaged its humor anthology in bright orange, perhaps sending a signal that it was trying something new. Against all odds, the finished product is a surprisingly satisfying and consistently funny collection that might be the best American humor anthology on the market.

    Editor Borowitz's eclectic (and some would say eccentric) taste includes the usual suspects - James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman - but it also encompasses standup comedians (Lenny Bruce, Bernie Mac, George Carlin), forgotten masters (Terry Southern, Peter DeVries, Frank Sullivan) and people not usually thought of as funny but who turn out to be (Langston Hughes, Sinclair Lewis). There are little-known humor pieces by Philip Roth and Charles Portis and a rarely seen National Lampoon story by a young John Hughes, "Vacation '57," that became the basis for the successful movie franchise that kick-started Hughes' career. Rounding out the collection are stellar pieces by such contemporary wits as George Saunders, David Rakoff, Ian Frazier and The Onion.

    In addition to the fifty pieces, the biographical endnotes are uniformly excellent, and Borowitz's introduction is a hilarious gem in its own right.

    Sticklers may quibble about the absence of some writers; an anthology that only includes fifty writers is bound to have some omissions. But this compact, unpretentious volume makes no claims to be all encompassing. What it does do, and does so brilliantly, is entertain. All in all, this is an exceptional effort, and an indispensable book for anyone who likes to laugh. Grade: A.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Didn't Get It

    I love Andy Borowitz's writing on "The Borowitz Report" and elsewhere, so I figured I'd "get" what he found funny. But I just didn't get most of the pieces in this anthology. Maybe it's because most of them are satire rather than what I'd consider "straight up" humor.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Funny funny funny

    Historical overview of american humor from some of our wittiest writers

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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