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Spike Milligan: Man of Letters

by Spike Milligan

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Collects from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects): rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?'); and backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension').
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  • Paperback
    $24.91
ISBN: 9780241966921
ANNOTATION:
Collects from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects): rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?'); and backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension').

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Collects from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects): rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?'); and backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension').

Publisher Description

Spike Milligan's letters contain some of the best material he ever wrote . . .

Collected here for the first time are the funniest, rudest and most revealing of them - most of which have never been seen before - from one of the greatest comics of the twentieth century to some of its most famous politicians, actors, celebrities and rock stars (as well as a host of unlikely individuals on some surprising subjects)-

  • rounded teabags ('what did you do with the corners?')
  • backless hospital gowns ('beyond my comprehension')
  • heartfelt apologies ('pardon me for being alive') and the imbalance of male and female ducks in London's parks. Here, then, is the real Spike Miligan- obsessive, rude, generous and relentlessly witty. 'Milligan's zaniness shines through' Telegraph

'The godfather of alternative comedy' Eddie Izzard

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Author Biography

Spike Milligan (1918-2002) was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Over the course of his astonishing career, he wrote over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Norma Farnes was Spike Milligan's agent, manager, mother confessor and friend for thirty-six years. Her books include Spike: An Intimate Memoir, Memories of Milligan and Milligan's Meaning of Life. She lives with her partner in London and Yorkshire.

Review

Pulls together bundles of Milligan's wonderfully witty and wacky correspondence spanning four decades Daily Mail A totally original comedy writer -- Michael Palin Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal -- Terry Wogan That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man -- Stephen Fry Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense Guardian Milligan is the Great God to all of us -- John Cleese The Godfather of Alternative Comedy -- Eddie Izzard

Product Details

Author
Spike Milligan
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2014
ISBN-10
0241966922
ISBN-13
9780241966921
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2014-09-04
Media
Book
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 x 8pp b/w inset
Pages
416
Short Title
Spike Milligan
Language
English
Subtitle
Man of Letters
Audience
General/Trade