Sidney Joseph Perelman (1904-1979) was born into a Russian Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Brown University in 1922 where he became the cartoonist of the college magazine and finally its editor. After publishing his first two books he was invited to Hollywood by Groucho Marx to script two films: Monkey Business and Horse Feathers. A contributor to the New Yorker from 1935, he soon became the magazine's most successful humorist.
"The funniest writer in America since - himself" - Gore Vidal "There is no writer of comic prose to compare with SJ Perelman. It is really as simple as that" - Woody Allen 'The supreme lunatic humorist in the language, British or American' - The Good Book Guide"