Well I’ve been back to an old favourite, Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis whose real name was Edward Everett Tanner III. I read it first as a teenager, and it made me laugh out loud then and it made me laugh out loud this time, which must be about the 5th time I’ve read it. I’d like to know more about the author, who obviously knew enough about how seriously rich Bohemian New Yorkers lived to write about them convincingly, while he wrote from the point of view of an interested and witty observer, and who later in his life worked as butler to Ray Kroc, who had no idea of his literary career. Auntie Mame was at No 1 on the New York Times best seller list for nearly two years and was a successful film (with Jane Russell as Mame) and even more successful musical.
The film was terrible, by the way, and Jane Russell didn’t get anywhere near the character. I never saw the musical but the title song is great.
It’s not great literature. But it is funny. Very.