By Robert E. Drennan, Heywood Hale Broun
A tribute to wit and humor, from the minds that made the Algonquin around desk the heart of yank humor. "Stop the realm via rose-colored bifocals." "His brain is so open, the wind whistles via it." "You can't educate an outdated dogma new tricks." Ever ask yourself the place those sayings got here from? for many years, the eating room of latest York's mythical Algonquin lodge was once a hub of letters and humor. Cocktails have been swilled as writers, humorists, actors, and critics poked enjoyable at tradition, the humanities, and each other. during this vigorous tribute, today's readers will come to appreciate why Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, and Dorothy Parker symbolize the epitome of quips and comebacks—wit that also packs a punch a long time later.
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Bon Mots, Wisecracks, and Gags: The Wit of Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and the Algonquin Round Table by Robert E. Drennan, Heywood Hale Broun