S. J. Perelman | Critical Review by Stefan Kanfer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of S. J. Perelman.
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Critical Review by Stefan Kanfer

SOURCE: "Meisterzinger," in The Atlantic, Vol. 226, No. 6, December, 1970, pp. 108-10.

In the following review of Baby, It's Cold Inside, Kanfer comments on Perelman's influences and literary influence, as well as the aim of his humor.

Thirty-two mind-expanding master-works that make any tripother than to your neighborhood bookstorecompletely unnecessary . . . S. J. Perelman: "Baby, it's Cold Inside " . . . Right on.

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Had you been reading with Holmesian detachment and Moriartic zeal, you would have noticed a cunning homunculus hanging, mandrill-like, from these lines. Judge-sober, kite-high, and mud-clear, he was one of Nature's noble creatures or, perhaps more accurately, one of Barnes & Noble's nature creatures. A schlemiel-in-itself, with a nose no larger than the prow of the Statendam, a voice that shamed the memory of Farinelli, the great Neapolitan castrato, and a mustard-keen...

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