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Bennett Cerf (1898–1971)

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Bennett Cerf was born in 1898, in Manhattan. He was educated at Columbia University. In 1925 he acquired the Modern Library with Donald Klopfer, providing the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. A major figure of American publishing for more than four decades, Cerf died in näytä lisää 1971. näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (1945) — Toimittaja; Johdanto — 598 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's Book of Riddles (1960) 308 kappaletta
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Toimittaja — 277 kappaletta
More Riddles (1961) 187 kappaletta
Sixteen Famous American Plays (1777) — Toimittaja — 177 kappaletta
Great Modern Short Stories (1900) 175 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf’s Book of Laughs (1959) 164 kappaletta
Try and Stop Me (1944) 144 kappaletta
Twelve Famous Plays of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1933) — Toimittaja — 139 kappaletta
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Toimittaja — 131 kappaletta
Famous Ghost Stories (1944) — Toimittaja — 131 kappaletta
Sixteen Famous British Plays (1942) — Toimittaja — 111 kappaletta
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (1943) — Toimittaja; Esipuhe, eräät painokset107 kappaletta
Riddles and More Riddles! (1960) 100 kappaletta
Sixteen Famous European Plays (1941) 84 kappaletta
The Life of the Party (1956) 84 kappaletta
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Toimittaja — 66 kappaletta
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Toimittaja — 66 kappaletta
Great German Short Novels and Stories (1933) — Toimittaja — 58 kappaletta
Four Contemporary American Plays (1961) — Toimittaja — 50 kappaletta
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Toimittaja — 49 kappaletta
An Anthology of Famous British Stories (1952) — Toimittaja — 46 kappaletta
The Laugh's on Me (1959) 45 kappaletta
Plays of Our Time (1967) — Toimittaja — 43 kappaletta
Laugh Day (1965) 42 kappaletta
Three famous murder novels (1941) — Johdanto — 42 kappaletta
Six American Plays for Today (1961) 42 kappaletta
Good for a Laugh (1952) 38 kappaletta
Stories Selected from The Unexpected (1948) — Toimittaja — 37 kappaletta
Shake Well Before Using (1948) 31 kappaletta
Laughter Incorporated (1950) 29 kappaletta
Riddle De-Dee (1962) 25 kappaletta
Anything for a Laugh (1946) 23 kappaletta
S. R. O. : The Most Successful Plays of the American Stage (1934) — Toimittaja — 21 kappaletta
The Sound of Laughter (1970) 19 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's Houseful of Laughter (1963) — Toimittaja — 18 kappaletta
Silliest Pop-Up Riddles (1966) 16 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's Pop-Up Riddle Book (1965) 16 kappaletta
The Pocket Book of War Humor (1942) 15 kappaletta
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Toimittaja — 15 kappaletta
Stories to Make You Feel Better (1972) 14 kappaletta
Pocket Book of Modern American Plays (1942) — Toimittaja — 14 kappaletta
The Pocket Book of Cartoons (1943) — Toimittaja — 13 kappaletta
Fifteen Famous European Plays (1942) — Toimittaja — 10 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's Pop-Up Limericks (1967) 7 kappaletta
The Laugh Round-Up 4 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's best jokes (1959) 4 kappaletta
Little Riddles 2 (1984) 4 kappaletta
Little Riddles 1 (1984) 3 kappaletta
Bennett Cerf's New Laughs (1961) 2 kappaletta
good for a laugh 1 kappale
Famous Ghost Stories (1946) 1 kappale
try and stop me 1 kappale
Little Riddles 4 (Bk. 4) (1984) 1 kappale

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The Arabian Nights, Volume 1 (1991) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset661 kappaletta
Fun Fare: A Treasury of Reader's Digest Wit and Humor (1948) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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RCornell | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 27, 2023 |
Amusing stories, though I believe my grandparents found it much more amusing than I did. A lot of the reference/ jokes to do with spouses was very much of the "I hate my wife, lol" sorry if humour that I think was very popular as a trope among boomers but that I personally find quite cringe. Still, if you can firmly keep this book in the context of its own tone and culture, it has many funny moments
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LadyLast | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 11, 2023 |
Mr Cerf was a popular humour writer of the 1950's and early 1960's. I wanted to amuse myself, and to learn what was considered funny inmain stream america.
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DinadansFriend | 1 muu arvostelu | Oct 4, 2023 |
I found this one in a thrift store, pretty much like all the other joke books I have. It was an easy and light read but as with most old joke books, there are some collar tuggers, casual misogyny, and uncomfortable racial stereotyping. Fortunately, it is not a large portion of the book but it's there as it was published in the 1950s. The only really egregious bit of racism is in a single illustration of an African tribesman. It also does start the short section on Lady Drivers with a short statistical anecdote about how male drivers are more prone to accidents than their housewife counterparts before going into the typical lady driver jokes (I wonder if that's a joke in and of itself but anyway...).
I did enjoy some of the routines inside finding a few genuinely funny especially the too few retellings of old vaudeville schticks. However, the typical joke in this book is dry, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and often safe. Sexual innuendo does show up here but in the expected 1950s way. As for an example of the average bit found in the book, there's this:
Wall Street was buzzing the other day with the story of a slaphappy hostess at a cocktail party who collared a bewildered author to tell him, " I read your book as a magazine serial, in book form, and as a condensation, and now I've seen it in the movies and on television. Frankly, Mr. Ingold, just what the hell are you trying to say?"

There are numerous references in here I definitely missed thereby many jokes I simply didn't get as I lacked the necessary frame of reference. Although I was able to make the majority out, I just didn't find many funny. A few others I did find funny only because they are the typical Dad-Joke through and through. So far, my favorite (non-dad-joke) is as follows:
McGregor lay breathing his last. He roused himself to whisper to the assemblage round his bedside, "Tannish owes me fifty pounds." "It's a great mind the man has," marveled his wife. "Clear as a bell to the very end." McGregor spoke again: "I believe I owe Sandy Mollinson a hundred pounds." "Ach, the poor mon," sobbed Mrs. McGregor. "Take no notice of his delirious meanderings!"

I did not like the pun section though. I should have taken what the title page illustration said to heart: "WARNING! Does punning send you into rages? Is wordplay less than funful? You'd better skip the next few pages - you'll find this chapter punful!" I didn't find the limerick section that much fun either even though I do like limericks. I guess with the number of routines in here there are bound to be more hits than misses but I think time also has blunted some of the humor, in particular the referential bits.
There are also some morbid yarns in here usually concerning animals getting dead but there's also a very gruesome anecdote about a Chinese immigrant named Loo Ching. He was a laundryman who violated a fundamental law of the Tong and thus was condemned to death. However, since American law prohibited any violence in carrying his sentence out they simply declared him dead. The entirety of Chinatown treated him as such and as he could not speak any other language besides Chinese and American ways were alien to him, he eventually starved and then froze to death in front of a teashop. I especially found the inclusion of this one strange, don't get me wrong, I'm as morbid as the next fellow, well... maybe a little more than usual. I liked it but it does stick out.
Overall, if any bit of my commentary seems interesting and you like joke books, then I'd recommend it otherwise, not at all. Will I continue to buy old joke books like this one from thrift stores and used book places? Yes. Yes, I will.
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Ranjr | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 13, 2023 |



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