Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker (Modern Library (Paperback))

September 5, 2019 - Comment

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 founder’s description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era—among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber,

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 founder’s 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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Anonymous says:

A compendium of humor that has appeared in the New … A compendium of humor that has appeared in the New Yorker magazine since its inception in the 1920s. Each essay ends with the author’s title and the year in which it was written. As the years passed so did what amused the reading public, but not as dramatically as one might expect. Foe example the selected offerings in this volume embrace periods by James Thurber and Robert Benchley and S. J. Perelman and Woody Allen. Each is a master of humor.

Anonymous says:

Not funny Other than a few funny stories the vast majority is not funny at all. The few you find funny may be different from the ones I do but you will still find the vast majority of these stories not at all funny.

Anonymous says:

Not the best choice Some classics are great – Woody Allen, Mike Nichols…but all in alll this is not the New Yorker at its funniest – or is it just that the editor’s sense of humor differs from mine? Well, considering that lately all the fiction in the magazine seems to be written by the same author, editor’s choice makes a difference.

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