Books: Wild Pitch

THAT OLD GANG O' MINE by S.J. Perelman Morrow; 160 pages; $12.95

He was, in his own words, "just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation's laws." But when he died in 1979 at the age of 75, S. (for Sidney) J. (for Joseph) Perelman was remembered—at the top and at the bottom—as a mad humorist, one of the great comic artists of...

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