- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (September 11, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780767908191
- ISBN-13: 978-0767908191
- ASIN: 0767908198
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 345 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade Paperback – September 11, 2001
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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
From the Inside Flap
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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Yes! The movie was quite different but that is always what happens when novels are purchased by a movie studio and rewritten with the general public in mind. It would have been better had they stuck to the real story!! However I did enjoy the original movie with Rosalind Russell...I hated the one with Lucille Ball...it was not her type of movie at all!!
It was a fun and enjoyable book...not the best I have ever read but I loved it just the same. Read it for what it is...just a nice book...and keep in mind it was written a long time ago...times have changed...for some reason this has bothered others and caused them to say this book is "out dated"...well...so are a load of other books like "War and Peace" or Ulysses or even the James Bond novels...any book that is over 10 years old is the so called, "out-dated"...so what's the big deal with it? The "old" classics are read all the time...like Dickens's, "A Tale of Two Cities" or "Gone With The Wind" or "The Wizard of Oz"!! People take it to seriously and that's a shame...they should just enjoy the book as it is!! If you keep thinking and telling yourself it's out dated...you are going to be sadly disappointed in a whole lot of books!! I have found that the older the books are they seem to be the most enjoyable...they just don't write them like they use to!! Read this book...you will laugh and cry!! It's fun!
It is really thoughtfully and wonderfully-written.
You wonder how a story is going to turn out and it is so cleverly thought-out that you laugh out loud when it ends. Some chapters are only one page.
This is the story-within-a-story scheme of things held together with now-and-then returns to the supposed present time of Patrick and Pegeen's not having had physical contact for over two years with their aunt nor their young son, but hear from them from all over the world, especially on holidays, birthdays, special times.
She is letting their son experience - which gives the wealthy, married more-than-once aunt a reason to continue to frolic through her life as though there had never been a Great Depression or a war.
Patrick Dennis, it turns out, married, created stories under a pen name and then, it turns out that he enjoyed anonymity and did not let others know that he wrote these books.