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Groucho Marx was a comic genius who conquered stage, film, radio and television. But he was also a gifted writer -- the author of a play, two screenplays, seven books, and over 199 articles and essays.

This collection presents for the first time the best of Groucho Marx's short comic pieces, written over a period of almost fifty years between 1925 and 1973 for the The New Y
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 26th 1996 by Faber & Faber (first published 1993)
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I am a mondo, geeked-out fan of the Marx Brothers who grew up watching their movies at the MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas. The silliness of the movie plots appealed, as well as the nonsense these adults were spouting--and singing. This book represents a slice of that trailblazing comedic gold that never fails to put me in all's-well territory. From book: Groucho Marx was a comic genius who starred on stage and in film, radio, and television. But he was also a gifted writer the author of a play, ...more
O infeliz título em português ("Histórias curtas e grossas") engana o leitor de duas maneiras: promete um tipo de humor que o leitor não encontrará (quem se terá lembrado de "Curtas e grossas", pelo amor de deus?) e, pior ainda, promete qualquer tipo de humor. Não se trata de um livro humorístico: a esmagadora maioria das crónicas e ensaios coleccionados são na verdade pedaços de memórias e experiências pessoais do autor, que a julgar pela fama que tem no cinema e na rádio é muito melhor humoris ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Carolyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carolyn by: Dick Cavett
As a number of critics have said, Groucho's humor, which consists largely of gags and facial expressions, doesn't translate well from video to the printed page. I read about half of this one, had to give it up because it was a library book that couldn't be renewed, and am not really tempted to check it out again. I got a bigger kick out of _Raised Eyebrows_, which is *about* Groucho by his fan-turned-secretary/archivist.
Elizabeth Periale

Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx is a book that is best enjoyed by reading an essay or two at at time, rather than trying to read it all at once, from cover to cover. Groucho was a funny man, and his self-deprecating humor was always observant. Readers may want to savor some of it before going along to his next joke, like this excerpt from "Bad Days Are Good Memories," a piece Groucho wrote for the Satu
Yeah, there are some duds in here. Quite a few, really. In many of his columns, "guest" as they always were," Groucho'd fall back on the ol' "LOL I'm writing a column" style of metahumor, and it rarely worked. Some of the pieces were too logged with dated references to really work.

But the sincere pieces were moving, the biographical pieces fascinating, and the pure chaotic humor pieces hilarious. And many of these were five-star caliber . . . so four stars overall.
Groucho Marx had a way with words. To me, his famous puns and one-liners are what made him so funny, more so than his funny walk and his black grease mustache and eyebrows. Most of you may not be familiar with Groucho's writings and this collection of short pieces serves as a great introduction.

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Groucho on paper is as funny as Groucho on film. Oh, that such men still roamed the earth.
James M.
A wonderful collection of letters, newspaper columns and speeches by the one, the only, Groucho.
I think he was funnier to listent to than to read
A must read for the Groucho Marx fan.
Mike Pampinella
Good read for Groucho fans.
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Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, was an American comedian and film star. He is famed as a master of wit. He made 15 feature films with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show, You Bet Your Life. He had a distinctive image, which included a heavy greasepaint moustache and eyebrows, and glasses.

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