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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780767908191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908191
  • ASIN: 0767908198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I reread and study Auntie Mame like a hilarious, glamorous bible where, among other wise lessons, one learns that true sophistication and innocence are two halves of the same glittering coin."
--Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

"Auntie Mame is the American Alice in Wonderland. It is also, incidentally, one of the most important books in my life. Its witty Wildean phrases ring in my mind, and its flamboyant characters still enamor me. Like Tennessee Williams, Patrick Dennis caught the boldness, vitality, and iridescent theatricality of modern American personality. In Mame’s mercurial metamorphoses we see American optimism and self-invention writ large."--Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae

"Mame Dennis is the grande dame of grand dames and I, for one, am thrilled that she’s back among us. She is still hilarious, sparkling, and utterly indestructible despite the best efforts of time, neglect, and Lucille Ball."
--Joe Keenan, Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer for Frasier, author of Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz

"Auntie Mame is a unique literary achievementa brilliant novel disguised as a lightweight piece of fluff. Every page sparkles with wit, style andthough Mame would cringe at the thoughthigh moral purpose. Let’s hope Patrick Dennis is finally recognized for what he is: One of the great comedic writers of the 20th century."
--Robert Plunket, author of Love Junkie

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Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis? Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway as well as a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the world?s most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s.

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This book is fun and a good, enjoyable read.
K. Koschnitzki
I was first introduced to Auntie Mame through the Rosalind Russell film, which is just wonderful.
workingdee
Go, read the book, watch the movie and let me know which you found to like better.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Patrick Dennis' famous "Auntie Mame" has so many incarnations that it can be hard to keep track. In the 1950s there was a famous stage version and still more famous film version, both starring the illustrious Rosalind Russell; in the 1960s there was an extremely popular stage musical starring Angela Lansbury and then a critically disasterous screen musical starring Lucille Ball. But this is the first, the original: AUNTIE MAME, one the 1950s' most talked-about books, a true runaway bestseller and one of the great classics of American humor.
The episodic book concerns an orphaned child, Patrick Dennis, who is sent to live with an aunt he has never before seen in 1920s New York--and the aunt is Mame Dennis, a fast-living, intellectually sharp, and decidedly eccentric woman beset by both the fads and fashions of the day and the money and social connections with which to indulge them. Although time has rather blunted the actual way in which Patrick Dennis writes (his framing device of a magazine article is more than a little tiresome), it certainly has not blunted the character herself: madcap Mame runs riot through the roaring twenties, goes through largely self-induced hysteria during the Depression, works for the boys during World War II, and along the way gets involves in art movements, theatrical performances, fox hunts, Southern country society, war orphans, a wealthy husband, an Irish poet, a college lover, and most famously her beloved nephew's unfortunate engagement to the shallow and snobbish Gloria Upson. Each comic disaster is more memorable than the last, and Mame herself lingers in the mind as an inspiration to live life to the fullest no matter the consequences.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L Goodman-Malamuth VINE VOICE on September 18, 2003
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Even we Mame maniacs who've howled our way through "Auntie Mame" and its sequel haven't been able to read the entire "Around the World with Auntie Mame"--until now. The new paperback edition includes, "Auntie Mame in Mother Russia," a chapter set in the former Soviet Union, suppressed when the book was first published in 1958.
Of course, reading this sidesplitting chapter with a pair of today's eyes, it's hard to see just how subversive Patrick Dennis was considered to be... But no matter, this chapter sparkles like a fine gem retrieved from a dusty safe-deposit box.
Even if you already own "Around the World," it's worth buying this new paperback edition for this chapter alone. Eric Myers, author of Patrick Dennis' biography "Uncle Mame," and Dr. Michael Tanner, Dennis' droll son and guardian of his literary estate, deserve much credit for bringing Patrick Dennis to the attention of new and old generations of readers.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Library Binding
What a joyous read! If you haven't read "Auntie Mame" (or have not seen the play, musical, or films) start with that. This will introduce you to the "madcap" Mame and her zanny cohorts. "Around the World" is not so much a sequel, but a series of short stories -- each a chapter in length. Travel with Mame from one exotic place to the next as she gets herself into "trouble" every country she visits. Too bad Jerry Herman and Lawrence & Lee never made this into a musical for the older, but still-so-lovely, Angela Lansbury.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Like most Patrick Dennis books, this book made me laugh out loud in every chapter. What a shame most of his books are out of print! I've read them all, and loved most of them, my only regret is that I don't own them all. This one is a very satisfying sequel to Auntie Mame, and I only wish the series continued. Not to be missed!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By workingdee on December 13, 2001
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Auntie Mame is just the sort of novel that leaves you dancing for more. I was first introduced to Auntie Mame through the Rosalind Russell film, which is just wonderful. You can imagine how pleased I was to find this book and to know that the adventures went even further than the film. After reading this book, I became so attached to Mame and Patrick that I felt like they were old freinds and I carried the book around with me at all times. They were there when ever I needed to be cheered up or simply bored and there was no one to talk to. Auntie Mame's exploits while extreme are totally believable and you get a distinct feeling for the time period and how it was a time of innocence and innovation. Patrick Dennis has gained a prominent place on my bookshelf.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Koschnitzki on September 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Auntie Mame was first published almost fifty years ago, and although clearly describing times 75 long past (the book sees Mame through the twenties, the Depression and the War,) it is still charming, witty and absolutely hilarious. Far, far better than the embarassing movie starring Lucille Ball that was made from the book.
The story is told in the first person by Patrick Dennis who is adopted in 1928 by his Auntie Mame after being orphaned. Although a flapper enjoying New York society in the Roaring Twenties, Mame makes Patrick an integral part of her life, in her own inimitable and quite irrepressible way.
Unlike most post-War fiction, I think this book more than stands up to the passage of time. Perhaps because Patrick looks back at his childhood, which, even in 1955 (when the book was written) was part of the far distant past, the story is fun, rather than dated. And, certainly, contemporaneous readers have no trouble identifying with the excesses of the twenties, the financial desperation of the thirties or the terrors of the wartime forties.
This book is fun and a good, enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
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