In this delightful literary assembly, briefly introduced by Nathaniel Benchley, writers parody, mimic and mock other writers in a way that is at once immensely funny and devastating. Max Beerbohm's pieces on Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and others, are among the best. He catches the exact flavor of their styles before lampooning them through short sketches of ""their kind"" of character. From books and magazines such as Punch or the New Yorker, the editor collects dozens more too. Robert Benchley kids Theodore Dreiser. Wolcott Gibbs, S.J. Perelman, and many others appear as well. The book is thick but never tiresome. Excellent summer reading and anthologizing.