December 1999


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For laughs You know them, you love them. You send them to friends. Chances are, you have at least one on your refrigerator at this very moment. We are, of course, talking about New Yorker cartoons. What sheer delight it is to browse through The New Yorker 75th Anniversary Cartoon Collection, edited and with a foreword by New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff. No Andy Capp or Snuffy Smith here, just the biggest, funniest, most insightful bunch of cartoons ever assembled. The collection spans nearly the entire 20th century and includes works by William Steig, Mary Petty, Peter Arno, and others. They are, as you would expect, cartoons that get right to the heart of the matter, and in the process tell us a little more about the world in which we live and laugh.

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