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Without a Stitch in Time: A Selection of the Best Humorous Short Pieces
by Peter De Vries
University of Chicago Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-226-17106-7 | eISBN: 978-0-226-17123-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3507.E8673W5 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Harking from the golden age of fiction set in American suburbia—the school of John Updike and Cheever—this work from the great American humorist Peter De Vries looks with laughter upon its lawns, its cocktails, and its slightly unreal feeling of comfort. Without a Stitch in Time, a selection of forty-six articles and stories written for the New Yorker between 1943 and 1973, offers pun-filled autobiographical vignettes that reveal the source of De Vries’s nervous wit: the cognitive dissonance between his Calvinist upbringing in 1920s Chicago and the all-too-perfect postwar world. Noted as much for his verbal fluidity and wordplay as for his ability to see humor through pain, De Vries will delight both new readers and old in this uproarious modern masterpiece.

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