The Press: Listen for the Roars

Librettist W. S. Gilbert once trapped the editor of Punch with a bland question: Were many jokes sent in? "Hundreds." said the editor. "Then," snapped Gilbert, "why don't you print some of them?" Like some Englishmen, Americans have long looked on Punch's quiet brand of British fun with blank amazement. But since the war, Punch has been trying to broaden its audience (TIME, June 2, 1947). Now, to prove that even U.S. readers can laugh at today's Punch (circ. 136,537), its editors have authorized a collection of The Best Cartoons from Punch (Simon & Schuster; $3) and are listening for the...

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