- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: Scarecrow Press (November 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810835347
- ISBN-13: 978-0810835344
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,395,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eccentrics of Comedy
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This well-researched book is sure to fascinate and entertain, and is highly recommended for any film buff. (Filmfax Magazine)
As the author or editor of more than sixty books on the history of popular entertainment, A. Slide is at ease for dividing comedy in a variety of subgenres... (International Theatre Informations)
Given the nature of the book, reading it is a hop-skip-jump eccentric experience...I hope people will take a look at this one which offers many valuable insights. (Communication Booknotes Quarterly)
The collection of basic raw material on perfomers who have been little researched or discussed will appeal more to archivists and historians than to critics and theorists. (CHOICE)
From the Back Cover
Eccentrics of Comedy examines the lives and careers of thirteen entertainers whose comedic style was distinctly eccentric: Milton Berle, El Brendel, Bobby Clark, Phyllis Diller, the two Duncan Sisters, Edward Everett Horton, Alice Howell, Franklin Pangborn, Old Mother Riley, Margaret Rutherford, Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle, and Ernest Thesiger. For the majority of these performers, Eccentrics of Comedy provides the first serious, detailed discussion of their work. The figures are from all areas of popular entertainment. Eccentrics of Comedy includes first-hand accounts of their careers from Berle and Diller and quotes from other film celebrities who worked with the comedians. Slide offers a thorough understanding of the media in which his subjects worked and he brings their acts to life.
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