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The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Public Affairs
Publication date December 17, 2002
Pages 384
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781586481629
ISBN-10 1586481622
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Original list price $18.95
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Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld. These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish-American comedy.

In the words of the Detroit Jewish News, The Haunted Smile "offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment." Often the best way to illuminate a point is to recount some of these comedians' own brilliant routines, and Epstein uses the comedian's work to great effect, making for a book that is both a thoughtful work of history and a great deal of fun.

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from Public Affairs (October 1, 2001)
9781891620713 | details & prices | 356 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $27.50
About: Argues that Jewish comedy is tinged by bitter encounters with anti-Semitism, a desire to be accepted, and concern for a culture disappearing at the same time it draws on a long tradition of Jewish humor.
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from Public Affairs (December 17, 2002)
9781586481629 | details & prices | 384 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.98 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America.
from Perseus Books Group (December 1, 2002)
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