Title Treadmill to Oblivion. With Drawings by Hirschfeld
Publisher Boston Atlantic Monthly Press / Little Brown 1954
Seller ID 18749E
Early reprint. Signed presentation copy from Fred Allen to Abby Perelman, the daughter of the great American humorist, author, and screenwriter S.J. Perelman. Inscribed by the author: “Dear Abby - If your father had written this it would be a much funnier book. Fred Allen.” With drawings by Al Hirschfeld. With some edge wear to the cloth mainly at the top in a used dust jacket with some dust soiling to the rear panel, fading to the spine, and small to medium chips and tears. Fred Allen (1894 – 1956) was an American comedian, radio, and television personality known for his deadpan delivery, masterful ad-libbing and wit. Allen and S.J. Perelman were close friends and in 1951 Perelman published a profile of him in ‘Holiday' magazine. Sidney Joseph Perelman, popularly known as S. J. Perelman (1904 – 1979), was one of the most widely read literary icons of the Golden Age of American Humor. His New Yorker pieces, fiction, and collected essays are legendary for their biting wit and mastery of caricature and language. He was the brother-in-law of the writer Nathanael West with whom he shared a close relationship up until West's death in a car accident in 1940 at age thirty-seven, and whose memory and literary reputation he devoted himself to maintaining.