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Lenny Bruce

Comic (13-Oct-1925 — 3-Aug-1966)


Honey Bruce; with Dana Benenson. Honey: The Life and Loves of Lenny's Shady Lady. Chicago and New York: Playboy Press. 1976. 309pp.

Lenny Bruce. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: An Autobiography. Chicago, IL: Playboy Press. 1965. 188pp. Dedication reads, "I dedicate this book to all the followers of Christ and his teachings; in particular to a true Christian -- Jimmy Hoffa -- because he hired ex-convicts as, I assume, Christ would have." First English edition of 1966 has introduction by Kenneth Tynan.

Ronald Collin; David M. Skover. The Trials of Lenny Bruce: Law, Obscenity, and the Making of a Free Speech Martyr. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.. 2002. 544pp.

Albert Goldman. Ladies and Gentlemen Lenny Bruce!!. Random House. 1974.

Frank Kofsky. Lenny Bruce: The Comedian as Social Critic and Secular Moralist. New York: Monad Press. 1974. 128pp.

William Karl Thomas. Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet. Archon Books. 1989. 149pp.


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  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.102)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.217)

  8. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.96)

  9. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, pp.372-74)

  10. Obituaries from the Times 1961-1970 (p.107)

  11. Legends in Their Own Time (p.35)

  12. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.333)

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