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Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker
 
 
Author
Thomas Vinciguerra, ed. P.J. O'Rourke, foreword.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9781608195503
Pages/Publication Date 667/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31019
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"Maybe he doesn't like anything, but he can do everything," Harold Ross once said of The New Yorker's brilliantly sardonic theater critic Wolcott Gibbs. And for over 30 years there, Gibbs did do just about everything, turning out fiction and nonfiction, profiles and parodies, while also filling columns in "The Talk of the Town" and "Notes and Comment" and covering books, movies, nightlife, and of course, the theater. "His style had brilliance that was never flashy, he was self-critical as well as critical, and he had absolute pitch," noted E.B. White, "which enabled him to become a parodist of the first rank." Perhaps Gibbs's most enduring line is from a profile of Henry Luce, parodying Time magazine's house style: "Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind." In this generous sampling of Gibbs's finest work, Thomas Vinciguerra brings a multitalented writer of incomparable wit to a new age of readers, set with his own biographical sketch and a foreword by P.J. O'Rourke.
 
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