Jokes and How to Tell Them (1963)
Author: Larry Adler
Illustrator: Isadore Seltzer
Published by: Doubleday and Company, Inc.; Garden City NY (1963)
Condition: In great condition with wear to the dust jacket, including a rip on the back (see pictures). No wear to the hardcover. Yellow stains present throughout the book, however it appears to have been rarely read.
Excerpt from the dust jacket: Whether it's the story of the violinist who caused world peace, or the one about the vitality pill that had a disastrous effect; whether it's the classic tale of the magician who could make ships disappear, or the unusual joke about the gambler who received mystical guidance...just as important as knowing the punch line is the art of telling it right. Anyone can tell a joke well, if he knows how--and here, from an expert raconteur, are half-a-hundred hilarious stories, written just the way they should be told, analyzed specifically for style, mood, manner, accent (or the avoidance of it), and appropriateness in a given group. The jokes cover a broad spectrum of humor, and the lessons, offered in "instruction" sections accompanying each story, are applicable in telling all jokes.
Isadore Seltzer's whimsical cartoons are for Mr. Adler's "verbal" written jokes what arms and inflection are for the spoken anecdote.
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