The Essential Groucho

Writings By, For, and About Groucho Marx

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Essential Groucho
Random House, Inc.
Groucho Marx may be the funniest man who ever lived. Here in one volume are the classics of Marxian mayhem: excerpts from the scripts of the immortal movies, passages from his books, his articles for magazines ranging fromThe New Yorker to the Saturday Evening Post, the choicest ad-libs and quips from his long-running game show,You Bet Your Life, and selected letters, including his classic correspondence with T. S. Eliot. It's all here-the finest and funniest work by this century's most influential comedian, that man of whom Woody Allen said, "He is simply unique in the same way Picasso and Stravinsky are, and I believe his outrageous, unsentimental disregard for order will be equally funny a thousand years from now. In addition to all this, he makes me laugh."

In the words of Groucho Marx:

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he go in my pajamas I don't know.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of some of Groucho Marx's funniest scripts, sketches, jokes, ad-libs, quotes, and letters includes the comedian's correspondence with poet T. S. Eliot and other quips from his long-running game show You Bet Your Life. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c2000
ISBN: 037570213X
Branch Call Number: 818 Marx
Characteristics: xvi, 254 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kanfer, Stefan
Alternate Title: Groucho


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Jan 24, 2013
  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good information, still somewhat of a biography. For me half of the book is stuff from the 1930's, things I don't know or people I don't know. The end of the book has one liners that aren't funny anymore, like questions about if people are married, how many
children they have... I know that it was from that period, but some stuff should have been left out. I did like the sketches at the beginning of the book. All in all, a 50/50 book,


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