Roy Blount’s new book tells the story behind, and the making of, the iconic Marx Brothers 1933 film, “Duck Soup.” Blount examines the comedic genius of Harpo and Groucho Marx with the insight of a true fan, while also exploring the film’s politic undercurrents. Though you can’t write a whole book about how funny a movie is, this movie can be discussed and probed in many directions. The parallels to current politics are myriad, with links to be made involving George W. Bush and projectiles, Margaret Dumont and moms, Groucho and Karl, Jews and Irishmen.
Born in 1941 in Indianapolis to Southern parents, Blount grew up in Decatur, Georgia. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 1963 and a Master’s degree from Harvard in 1964. After three years in the army, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a part-time English instructor at Georgia State College. He became a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated and contributed to many other magazines from The New Yorker to Garden and Gun.
Blount is a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders. Author of twenty two books, he received the Thomas Wolfe Award from the University of North Carolina in 2009.
Blount is the author of twenty-two books. He is married to painter Joan Griswold, the father of two and grandfather of three. He lives in western Massachusetts.
The Savannah Book Festival is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long festival of the written and spoken word, February 18-20, 2011. It remains free and open to the public at Telfair Square, in the Historic District of Savannah, Ga.
This author’s appearance has been graciously sponsored by:
- Drs. Cori and Jay Howington