Title The World's Largest Cheese
Book Condition Near Fine in Very Good dj
Edition First Edition
Publisher Garden City NY Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1968
Illustrator Illustrated by Christopher Cerf and Michael K. Frith
Seller ID 18702
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, very slight crimp to cloth at head of spine; jacket has several creases in front flap, slight fading to the spine]. (B&W photographs, drawings) The front of the jacket terms the book "an indulgence," and the blurb doesn't clarify things very much: "A new literary form (the anthological novel)? A lighthearted satire of the American scene? An adventure-filled history of the quest for the World's Largest Cheese? A twentieth century mythology? A report on the standpipe situation? Pure nonsense? [This book] might be any, all, or none of the above." A contemporary Kirkus reviewer, unable to resist the temptation to make a cheesy critique (nor can I, for that matter), sniffed that "most [of the book] only disturbs the olfactory sense." The author (the son of Random House founder Bennett Cerf), after an early stint as a book editor, went on to have quite a varied career, including notable (and concurrent) contributions to National Lampoon magazine (as a contributing editor) and "Sesame Street" (as a songwriter/lyricist); the New York Times once referred to him as "the impish polymath, lexicographer and Cookie Monster lyricist." When a book is this scarce in the marketplace -- less than a handful online as of February 2015 -- one suspects the workings of a cult.
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