by Stuart E. HampleIf you ever heard of or remember the great Fred Allen, you'll enjoy this book, a sampler of this neglected American humorist. He wasn't just funny; he was witty and satirical. This book, edited by Stuart Hample, is a good start. His first autobiography of his childhood and early years in vaudeville (Much Ado About Me) is excellent. He was a friend of Steinbeck who gave him writing advice, as well as great praise as did James Thurber, Groucho Marx, and many others. The title comes from Allen's quote about Hollywood. "You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart." Through the years, the firefly was sometimes a flea and the producer was often an agent. He may have been misquoted, but hardly ever misunderstood. I think he's worth remembering.
|Title||All the Sincerity In Hollywood|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
|Author||Stuart E. Hample|
|File size||5.3 Mb|
|Book rating||4 (5 votes)