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Haunted Smile
By Lawrence J. Epstein

The Haunted Smile

The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

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Haunted Smile by Lawrence J. Epstein

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586481629
ISBN-10: 1586481622
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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At the Edge of a Dream by Lawrence J. Epstein At the Edge of a Dream, Hardback (August 2007)

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Author Biography - Lawrence J. Epstein

Lawrence J. Epstein is a Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York. He is widely considered to be a leading expert on American Jewish life and is the author of such books as A Treasury of Jewish Anecdotes and A Treasury of Jewish Inspirational Stories. He frequently lectures on American popular culture and lives with his wife and family on Long Island, New York.

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