Cover image for The Portable curmudgeon
The Portable curmudgeon
Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, c1987.
Physical Description:
xiii, 299 p. : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Added Author:


Material Type
Call Number
Item Available
Book 817.54 POR 1 1

On Order



An entertaining collection of quotations, anecdotes, and interviews from the likes of H.L. Mencken, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Parker, and others, arranged alphabetically by subject. No scholarly paraphernalia. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Editor Winokur claims he's been in a bad mood since 1971. On the evidence of this topical dictionary of spleen, he's been wallowing in it ever since. Good for us! Probably for him, too. He has amassed a fabulously funny fortune of fractious facetiae from such legendary down-putters as Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, G. B. Shaw, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, W. C. Fields, Oscar Levant, Groucho Marx to mention just a few and plenty of lively contemporary nay-sayers. The captious quotations are interspersed with profiles of or interviews with 15 of the 64 ``World-class Curmudgeons'' he lists just before the unaffable alphabet begins, usually tacking on a tiny treasury of their bonniest mots and/or of anecdotes about them. The wits so honored include, among the living, John Simon, Roy Blount, Jr., Ian Shoales, Quentin Crisp, Mike Royko, and Fran Lebowitz. RO. 081 Quotations, English / American wit and humor [CIP] 87-11236