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The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx
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The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx

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Donated to the Library of Congress in the mid-1960s, Groucho Marx's correspondence was first crafted into this celebration of wit and wisdom in 1967. Reissued today with his original letters and humor intact, The Groucho Letters exposes one of the twentieth century's most beloved comedian's private insights into show biz, politics, business, and, of course, his

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Donated to the Library of Congress in the mid-1960s, Groucho Marx's correspondence was first crafted into this celebration of wit and wisdom in 1967. Reissued today with his original letters and humor intact, The Groucho Letters exposes one of the twentieth century's most beloved comedian's private insights into show biz, politics, business, and, of course, his illustrious personal life. Included are Marx's conversations with such noted personalities as E. B. White, Fred Allen, Goodman Ace, Nunnally Johnson, James Thurber, Booth Tarkington, Alistair Cooke, Harry Truman, Irving Berlin, and S. J. Perelman.

To Confidential Magazine

Gentlemen:

If you continue to publish slanderous pieces about me, I shall feel compelled to cancel my subscription.

Sincerely,
Groucho Marx

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is hard to keep from reading bits of this aloud to friends and relations. Groucho in letters is just as devastatingly witty as he was in the movies, to say nothing of other media."
-- Publishers Weekly

"...these letters are good reading, for out of the book Groucho emerges, eyebrows bounding, eyes rolling, cigar jauntily clamped between his teeth, the wisecracks coming a mile a minute. Even Calvin Coolidge might have smiled."
-- Book Week

"Written...with the impudence, irreverence and general lunacy that made Groucho the immortal wise guy of the American screen."
-- Newsweek

Library Journal
Letters are often a window to a person's true self, or, in this case, selves. This "book of letters in the old tradition of correspondence" (LJ 2/15/67) displays not only the great wit of the one, the only, Groucho but also the private, serious side of Julius Marx. Recipients include fellow show business figures and family members as well as T.S. Eliot, President Harry Truman, and Edward R. Murrow.
Booknews
Reprint of the 1967 S & S original. Charming (& not so happy) exchanges with Thurber, Chico, Harpo, Gummo, Irving Berlin, Howard Hughes.... Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416536031
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
08/14/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
519,781
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
"It is hard to keep from reading bits of this aloud to friends and relations. Groucho in letters is just as devastatingly witty as he was in the movies, to say nothing of other media."

Publishers Weekly

"...these letters are good reading, for out of the book Groucho emerges, eyebrows bounding, eyes rolling, cigar jauntily clamped between his teeth, the wisecracks coming a mile a minute. Even Calvin Coolidge might have smiled."

Book Week

"Written...with the impudence, irreverence and general lunacy that made Groucho the immortal wise guy of the American screen."

Newsweek

Meet the Author


As a member of the Marx Brothers, Julius (1895–1977), a.k.a. Groucho, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera . His solo career included work as a film actor, television game show emcee, and author of Groucho & Me , his autobiography.

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The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
This is one of very few books that I have read that I actually laughed out loud at. Grouch's wit comes through even in this medium. His letters back and forth with Fred Allen were just great. There is humor in here for every taste. I was even shocked by the breadth of individuals that Groucho had as pen pals: Everyone from Harry Truman to T.S. Eliot. Every letter in here has some bit of Groucho's trademark humor. I was surprised by the relative lack of correspondence in the book between Groucho and his equally famous siblings though.
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