Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew

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Yale University Press
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6.1 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Jeremy Dauber is a professor of Jewish literature and American studies at Columbia University. His books include Jewish Comedy and The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, both finalists for the National Jewish Book Award, and, most recently, American Comics: A History. He lives in New York City.
"[Dauber] has written a piece of criticism as elegant and sympathetic as Brooks is vulgar and savage."--Tanya Gold, The Spectator

"In a new biography, Jeremy Dauber breaks down how the comedian and director just couldn't help being a loving iconoclast skewering the establishment."--Times of Israel

"Dauber . . . has solved the conundrum of writing seriously about comedy. His touch is light throughout. He writes authoritatively about the influence of the Jewish diaspora on postwar American comedy but never forces his points too much."--Jackson Arn, The Forward

"Dauber demon­strates a prodigious command of both popular culture and the literature it has inspired. His style is breezy, his sympathies plain."--Stephen Whitfield, Jewish Book Council

"Intriguing (and highly entertaining). . . . The book sparkles with detail. . . . A very satisfying (and quite quick-reading) story of an unstoppable creative mind, with a huge and continuing impact on so much of today's comedy world."--Rob Kutner, Book and Film Globe

"A smart, snappy, and insightful investigation into how Brooks can take any subject and 'make it funny by making it Jewish.'"--Michael Quinn, Red Hook Star-Revue (Brooklyn, NY)

"The energy, the sass, the inexhaustible comic brio that define Mel Brooks seem too volcanic to fit between the covers of a book. But, miracle of miracles, Jeremy Dauber has made it happen, simultaneously entertaining and enlightening as he takes us along on a very wild ride."--Kenneth Turan, author of Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film

"When someone has been as significant an influence on culture as Mel Brooks, it can be tough to tell their story in a fresh, cohesive way. But Jeremy Dauber has done it, giving us a limpid, inviting, and lively new look at Brooks, his work, and the ways his Jewishness shapes everything he's done. In the process, he shows how Brooks's fingerprints are all over our shared cultural lives--whether or not we share his cultural identity. It's a fascinating read, and pure pleasure."--Alissa Wilkinson, senior culture writer, Vox