The Big Curmudgeon: 2,500 Irreverently Outrageous Quotations from World-Class Grump and Cantankerous Commentators

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Jon Winokur
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2007 - Reference - 660 pages
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The author of the wildly successful Portable Curmudgeon and Portable Curmudgeon Redux outdoes himself in the biggest collection yet of acid wit and wisdom cunningly collected from sardonic savants of every stripe.

A curmudgeon is defined as 1. A crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man; 2. Anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; or 3. anyone who points out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner. The Big Curmudgeon is the richest collection yet of curmudgeonly commentary, combining all of the material from the bestselling Portable Curmudgeon and Portable Curmudgeon Redux, plus selections from A Curmudgeon’s Garden of Love—and lots of brand-new quips, quotations, and wisdom freshly collected by compiler extraordinaire, Jon Winokur.

Arranged alphabetically by subject and featuring special sections on such world-class grumps as H.L. Mencken, John Simon, W.C. Fields, and Dorothy Parker, the book is the last witty word on all things cynical, snide, and hilariously grouchy.

Equally suited to the "humor" and "reference" sections, The Big Curmudgeon is filled with the pithiest, smartest things ever said by the wittiest people who ever lived.

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Review: The Big Curmudgeon: 2,500 Outrageously Irreverent Quotations from World-Class Grumps and Cantankerous Commentators

User Review  - Kbmaxwell Maxwell - Goodreads

This is a book I will never finish reading--it is too much fun to read and re-read some of the most insightful, pithy, and downright rude comments in the western world. I loved the interviews with ... Read full review

Review: The Big Curmudgeon: 2,500 Outrageously Irreverent Quotations from World-Class Grumps and Cantankerous Commentators

User Review  - Gwen Burrow - Goodreads

Twain is a curmudgeon, a very good one. So is Mencken. So is Bierce. But Lewis Black--sorry. He's just a potty-mouthed grouch. And Carrie Fisher's a whiner (Princess Leia didn't get her very far ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Jon Winokur was the originator of the Curmudgeon franchise, which includes The Portable Curmudgeon, The Portable Curmudgeon Redux, and A Curmudgeon's Garden of Love. He is also the editor responsible for Zen to Go, Mondo Canine, and True Confessions. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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