Synopses & Reviews
"[Is Sex Necessary?] stands as a rave conjunction of singular talents, a fusion bred of close professional quarters."
John Updike, from his Foreword
The first book of prose published by either James Thurber or E. B. White, Is Sex Necessary? combines the humor and genius of both authors to examine those great mysteries of life romance, love, and marriage. A masterpiece of drollery, this 75th Anniversary Edition stands the test of time with its sidesplitting spoof of men, women, and psychologists; more than fifty funny illustrations by Thurber; and a new foreword by John Updike.
"If this book isn't a minor classic and one uses the term 'minor' only because it is gorgeously funny and not quite ponderous enough to become major well, one doesn't know what book is. Let's compromise and just call it classic." Will Cuppy, New York Herald Tribune
"One of the silliest books in years, and perfectly lovely. It left this reviewer weak, partially paralyzed, with a writhen face streaming with tears." Saturday Review of Literature
This 1929 classic, which was the first book for each master humorist, remains timelessly funny.
The classic send-up of sex manuals and how-to books and one of the funniest books ever written.
About the Author
James Thurber (18941961) created some thirty volumes of humor, fiction, children's books, cartoons, and essays in just about as many years. A founding member of the New Yorker
staff, Thurber wrote and illustrated such enduring books as The Thurber Carnival
and My Life and Hard Times
, which have appeared in countless editions and dozens of languages throughout the world.
E. B. White (18991985) began his career as a contributor to The New Yorker in 1925, joining the staff in 1927. He is widely known as the author of two children's classics, Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, as well as one of the finest essayists of the twentieth century, many of which are collected in Essays of E. B. White and Writings from "The New Yorker" 19271976.