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Vicious Circle Otto Penzler

Vicious Circle

Otto Penzler

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ISBN : 9781435111141
Hardcover
205 pages
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Most of the renowned writers who made up New York’s notorious Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s are remembered today not just for the caustic wit that led them to dub their group “The Vicious Circle,” but also for the essays, plays, and literaryMoreMost of the renowned writers who made up New York’s notorious Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s are remembered today not just for the caustic wit that led them to dub their group “The Vicious Circle,” but also for the essays, plays, and literary fiction they produced during its heyday. Less well known is that some Round Table regulars—who included humorists Robert Benchley and S. J. Perelman, playwrights Marc Connelly and George S. Kaufman, novelist Edna Ferber, critic Alexander Woollcott and, most famously, Dorothy Parker—dabbled in crime writing as well.Edgar Award–winning mystery editor Otto Penzler (Best American Mystery Stories of the Year, The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps) gathers these stories, satires, and sketches together for the first time in The Vicious Circle, a volume whose twelve selections showcase the cleverness and sophistication of the Round Table raconteurs, including:“Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer,” S. J. Perelman’s snickering send-up of the hardboiled detective genre“Moonlight Sonata,” Alexander Woollcott’s ghoulish black comedy of a British manor house and its resident psychopath“The Man Who Came Back,” Edna Ferber’s study of embezzlement and romance““The Mystery of the Poisoned Kipper,” Robert Benchley’s absurd tale of an equally absurd murderIf you’re in the mood for classy mysteries touched with wit, here’s a book whose contents will amuse as well as thrill.