Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker share button
David Remnick
Format Paperback
Dimensions 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.12 (d)
Pages 528
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date October 2002
ISBN 9780375761270
Book ISBN 10 0375761276
About Book

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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For humor writing, no magazine in American history can match the achievement of The New Yorker. Since the 1920s, this Manhattan-based weekly has been hosting an unequalled list of comic geniuses from Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and Ogden Nash to Calvin Trillin, Steve Martin, and Roy Blount Jr. This anthology collects all the aforementioned, plus mirth-raisers like Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, Garrison Keillor, Robert Benchley, Ian Frazier, S. J. Perelman, and, believe it or not, W. H. Auden.

Library Journal

Remnick, New Yorker editor since 1999, and Finder, the magazine's editorial director, recommend taking this book in small doses. However, New Yorker humor is not for everyone. Do not read this book if you suffer from an irony deficiency, or if you are currently taking any form of remedial English. Also, do not read this book if you are allergic to E.B. White, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker, Woody Allen, Veronica Geng, Steve Martin, or Jack Handey. Side effects include the urge to do literary research (to track down the targets of spoofs) and the discovery of some very funny writers who may be unknown to you. To learn more about the type of material contained in this book, consult Judith Yaross Lee's Defining New Yorker Humor (LJ 2/1/00). Ask your librarian if Fierce Pajamas is right for you. Available by prescription at public and academic libraries. Susan M. Colowick, North Olympic Lib. Syst., Port Angeles, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.