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Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker

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This makes the perfect gift for those who love a literary hit with their humor. A wonderful wide-ranging selection to read aloud with others or simply snicker at in the privacy of one's own personal reading space.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Harking from the golden age of fiction set in American suburbia—the school of John Updike and Cheever—this work from the great American humorist Peter De Vries looks with laughter upon its lawns, its cocktails, and its slightly unreal feeling of comfort. Without a Stitch in Time, a selection of forty-six articles and stories written for The New Yorker between 1943 and 1973, offers pun-filled autobiographical vignettes that reveal the source of De Vriess nervous wit: the cognitive dissonance between his Calvinist upbringing in 1920s Chicago and the all-too-perfect post?war world. Noted as much for his verbal fluidity and wordplay as for his ability to see humor through pain, De Vries will delight both new readers and old in this uproarious modern masterpiece.

Review:

"A complete delight from beginning to end." The New York Times

Review:

"Classic humor writing from a fantasy slumber party of writers." Vanity Fair

Review:

"Quite simply among the greatest stuff like this ever written...There is comic brilliance in these pages....[Fierce Pajamas] is more than worth your time, your money and the potential damage to your funny bone." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"The New Yorker's fine anthology of humor writing can inspire us to collectively bemoan the scarcity of a certain kind of printed comedy: the subtle and sophisticated type." Newsday

Synopsis:

Without A Stitch in Time is a collection of articles written for The New Yorker: gently satirical stories about Peters childhood in Chicago, his various jobs, the move East to new York, and family life in suburbia and beyond. The stories date from 1943 to 1873 and give readers a sense of where De Vries strangely nervous wit comes from: verbal sparks from the cognitive dissonance between his strict and abstemious Calvinist upbringing in the 1920s and the world of 1950s Mad Men suburbia.

Synopsis:

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a “comic weekly.” And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founders description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era—among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., Steve Martin, and Christopher Buckley. Fierce Pajamas is a treasury of laughter from the magazine W. H. Auden called the “best comic magazine in existence.”

About the Author

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for Lenin's Tomb and is also the author of Resurrection and the King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Henry Finder is the editorial director of The New Yorker.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375761270
Editor:
Remnick, David
Editor:
Finder, Henry
Editor:
Remnick, David
Editor:
Finder, Henry
Author:
de Vries, Peter
Author:
Edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder
Author:
Peter De Vries
Author:
Finder, Henry
Author:
Remnick, David
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Paperbacks
Series Volume:
1.
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 528 pages Modern Library - English 9780375761270 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This makes the perfect gift for those who love a literary hit with their humor. A wonderful wide-ranging selection to read aloud with others or simply snicker at in the privacy of one's own personal reading space.

"Review" by , "A complete delight from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "Classic humor writing from a fantasy slumber party of writers."
"Review" by , "Quite simply among the greatest stuff like this ever written...There is comic brilliance in these pages....[Fierce Pajamas] is more than worth your time, your money and the potential damage to your funny bone."
"Review" by , "The New Yorker's fine anthology of humor writing can inspire us to collectively bemoan the scarcity of a certain kind of printed comedy: the subtle and sophisticated type."
"Synopsis" by ,
Without A Stitch in Time is a collection of articles written for The New Yorker: gently satirical stories about Peters childhood in Chicago, his various jobs, the move East to new York, and family life in suburbia and beyond. The stories date from 1943 to 1873 and give readers a sense of where De Vries strangely nervous wit comes from: verbal sparks from the cognitive dissonance between his strict and abstemious Calvinist upbringing in the 1920s and the world of 1950s Mad Men suburbia.
"Synopsis" by , When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a “comic weekly.” And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founders description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era—among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., Steve Martin, and Christopher Buckley. Fierce Pajamas is a treasury of laughter from the magazine W. H. Auden called the “best comic magazine in existence.”
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