Jimmy Carter photo

Statement on the Death of S. J. Perelman

October 18, 1979

S. J. Perelman was one of the best writers of comic prose our country has ever produced. His playground was the American language, and whether he was writing the screenplay for a Marx brothers movie or a short essay for the New Yorker, his verbal gymnastics were sometimes surprising, often breathtaking, and always funny. Like Mark Twain, George Ade, Ring Lardnor, and James Thurber, S. J. Perelman made a permanent contribution not only to American humor but to American literature as well.

Jimmy Carter, Statement on the Death of S. J. Perelman Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/248073

Filed Under



Simple Search of Our Archives