Contents

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pp. vi-vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-ix

This book began while I was working at the American Jewish Historical Society, where the executive director, David Solomon, not only supported the project but advocated for it as well. He mentioned it to Professor Hasia Diner, who...

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Introduction: GEEVE A LEESTEN!

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pp. 1-54

Milt Gross had an ear for comedy. He could hear humor in the recessed corners of American poetry, in great myths, in historical tales, and in the airshafts of Bronx tenements. In classic slapstick style, Gross created a comic universe in which...

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Nize Baby (1926) (excerpts)

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pp. 55-106

By 1926, “Gross Exaggerations” had become so successful that Gross collected some of his more popular columns and published them under the title Nize Baby. Like his columns, the book focuses on the families of a four-story New York...

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Dunt Esk! (1927)

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pp. 107-162

Gross extended the narrative form of Nize Baby in Dunt Esk!. It elaborated on the same characters and themes but with a few changes, including the migration of the Feitlebaums to the second floor and the Yifnifs to the first. Also, Looy dot dope...

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De Night in de Front from Chreesmas (1927)

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pp. 163-186

This is perhaps Gross’s most popular and well-known work, next to He Done Her Wrong. It is a masterful retelling of the Clement Clark Moore original. The short verses and cartoon illustrations reimagine the poem from the perspective of the...

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Hiawatta (1926)

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pp. 187-210

Somehow, Gross managed to hold on to Longfellow’s characteristic rhythm while still translating the story into broken, Yiddish-inflected English. Unlike other popular parodies of the poem (it is one of the most beloved and parodied poems in...

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Famous Fimmales (1928)

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pp. 211-272

Originally written for Cosmopolitan, the stories in this book find Gross nearly at his best. His illustrations are increasingly delicate and detailed, and they predict the intensity that would soon reach its full development in...

Assorted Milt Gross Images

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pp. 273-288

Bibliography

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pp. 289-292

About the Editor

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p. 293