S. J. Perelman ephemera
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Sidney Joseph Perelman (February 1, 1904-October 17, 1979), almost always known as S. J. Perelman, was an American humorist, author, and screenwriter. He is best known for his humorous short pieces written over many years for The New Yorker. He also wrote for several other magazines, as well as books, scripts, and screenplays. In cinema, Perelman is noted for co-writing scripts for the Marx Brothers films "Monkey Business" (1931) and "Horse Feathers" (1932), and for the Academy Award winning screenplay "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956). With Ogden Nash he wrote the book for the musical "One Touch of Venus", which opened on Broadway in 1943 and ran for more than 500 performances. His play "The Beauty Part" (1962), which starred Bert Lahr in multiple roles, fared less well, its short run attributed at least in part to the synchronous 114-day 1962 New York City newspaper strike. He also wrote a notable series of sketches called "Cloudland Revisited" in which he gives acidic (and disillusioned) descriptions of recent viewings of movies (and recent re-readings of novels) which had enthralled him as a youth in Providence, Rhode Island, later as a student at Brown University, and then while a struggling comic artist in Greenwich Village.
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S. J. Perelman ephemera, 1929-1992, consists of 44 items relating to Perelman: 12 books, 22 photographs, 2 US passports (1929, 1934), 1 scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 2 articles, 1992 invitation and program to Pearl S. Buck US stamp dedication, and a 1943 program from "One Touch of Venus." The collection is arranged into the following groupings: Photographs Books Passports Newspaper clippings Programs
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This collection was acquired for the James A. Michener Art Museum's "Creative Bucks County" interactive exhibit as an archival gift from Dorothy Herrmann on April 4, 1996.
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