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Bego, Mark
The Marx Brothers
Pocket Essentials 2009

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Benayoun, Robert
Les Freres Marx
Éditions du Seuil France 1991
Half of the book is a Marx Brothers biography. The other half contains translations of scenes from several movies.

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Blount Jr., Roy
Hail, Hail, Euphoria!
Harper Collins, Inc. 2010
"Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made"
This book provides a lot of background information about the movie, the people involved and the time when it was made. My main criticism would be that this background information sometimes goes too far — I don't want any speculations why there are more movies with mice than with ducks. As the book goes along Blount stays more on topic and overall it is a good read. He has done his homework, although the book contains a few factual errors. It would have been nice to have bibliography and index.

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Brecher, Irving (with Hank Rosenfeld)
The Wicked Wit of the West
Sagoma 2013
The Last Great Golden Age Screenwriter Shares the Hilarity and Heartaches of Working With Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny, and many more

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Castell, Dan
The Marx Brothers Meet W.C. Fields
Amazon Digital Services/Pulp Lit Press 2011
part of a series of booklets published for Kindle

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Castell, Dan
The Marx Brothers Meet the Doctors of Death
Amazon Digital Services/Pulp Lit Press 2011
part of a series of booklets published for Kindle

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Castell, Dan
The Marx Brothers Meet Robin Hood
Amazon Digital Services/Pulp Lit Press 2011
part of a series of booklets published for Kindle

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Chandler, Charlotte
Hello, I Must be Going: Groucho and his Friends
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc 2011
'Charlotte Chandler' is the pen name of Lyn Erhard. "... the book would have been a better (and more truthful) story if Chandler had waited a few years to tell it (once she fell out of Erin's graces)" (teej)

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Coniam, Matthew
The Annotated Marx Brothers - A Filmgoer’s Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details
McFarland 2015
There are lots of scenes in the movies which we nowadays cannot fully understand because they refer to people or events who were well known at the time of filming. Matthew has put together a great collection of material which helps us to understand what is really going on.

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Coniam, Matthew
That's Me, Groucho!
McFarland 2016
The Solo Career of Groucho Marx

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Fix , Charlene
Harpo Marx as Trickster
McFarland 2013
From the publisher's website: "The author invites readers to spend time in the pleasure of Harpo's cinematic company while comparing him to tricksters from folklore, myth and legend. The book demonstrates how Harpo, the sweetest, wildest, most magical Marx brother, accomplishes the archetypal trickster's work. Thirteen chapters examine Harpo's trickster persona closely in each of the Marx Brothers' films"

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Gardner, Martin Allen
The Marx Brothers: An Investigation of Their Films as Satirical Social Criticism
McFarland 2009

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Gehring, Wes D.
The Marx Brothers (A bio-bibliography)
Greenwood Press 1987

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Goulart, Ron
Elementary, my dear Groucho
Macmillan 2011

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Goulart, Ron
Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders
Macmillan 2011

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Goulart, Ron
Groucho Marx, Secret Agent
Macmillan 2011

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Goulart, Ron
Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle
Macmillan 2011
A Mystery Featuring Groucho Marx

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Gullo, Jim
Grouch Bag: A Novel
Yam Hill Publishing 2015
A boy goes back in time to save comedy. In 1908 he meets the Marx Brothers before they became famous.

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Horton, Andrew
Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay
University of California Press 2000
The Marx Brothers and their movies are mentioned a few times throughout this book. There is also a three page bit headed "Vaudeville and the Marx Brothers"

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Johnson, Paul
Humorists
Harper Collins 2010
This book about people as diverse as Benjamin Franklin and Toulouse-Lautrec has a chapter about the Marx Brothers

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Kanfer, Stefan (Ed.)
The Essential Groucho : Writings by and for Groucho Marx
Penguin Publishing 2008

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Levigne, Michelle L.
Liar, Liar, Hearts On Fire
Amber Quill Press
Romance novel. Strictly speaking it doesn't feature the Marx Brothers, but only uses names and places. From the publisher's website: "Ray and Lauren [...] build an alliance of minds and hearts as they work through the maze of Fredonia, Uncle Zeppo's remote mountain mansion. The old house is full of secret doors and staircases, with every clue in the scavenger hunt coming from a Marx Brothers movie."

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Levigne, Michelle L.
Never Moon A Werewolf
Amber Quill Press 2012
Sequel to "Liar, Liar, Hearts On Fire ..."

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Marx, Bill
Son of Harpo Speaks
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books 2011-11
From Bearmanor Media: "For many years, friends and family have asked me, 'Bill, why don't you write a book about your life? You must have had quite a childhood growing up with your dad, Harpo, and those zany uncles of yours, the Marx Brothers. And what about those weird, maybe fatalistic happenings you've experienced that can only be described as 'too-Hollywood-to-believe?'" - Bill Marx

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Marx, Groucho
Groucho and Me
Amazon Digital Services/Da Capo Press 2011
"Goes over the basics. You get a lot of the staple Groucho material in here." (Teej) / "Groucho's own autobiography, full of anecdotes and thoughts from the most articulate of the brothers. ... not necessarily a terrific source of hard facts, as Groucho is very prone to sacrifice accuracy for entertainment; but a marvelous read all around." (Robert Rose)

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Marx, Groucho
Memoirs Of A Mangy Lover
Amazon Digital Services/Da Capo Press 2011
assistance by Arthur Sheekman.
"Humorous history of love." (Eyles, 1969) / "...just a collection of anecdotes and tall tales. It needs to be read as a collection of comedy routines. They make more sense if you can picture Groucho delivering them as a monologue." (John Benz Fentner)

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Marx, Groucho
Love, Groucho (Letters from Groucho Marx to his daughter Miriam)
Amazon Digital Services/Da Capo Press 2011
edited by Miriam Marx Allen

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Marx, Harpo
Harpo Speaks!
Limelight Editions 1985
with Rowland Barber
"Extremely amusing autobiography of the silent brother, with particular focus on his youth and the vaudeville/Broadway years, and Harpo's relationship with his close friend, Alexander Woollcott. Not the best source for facts about the films (or necessarily a reliable source of hard facts at all), it's still a completely wonderful book." (Robert Rose) / "... it tends to leave out the more bizarre side of Harpo's character, but what's there is marvelous stuff. If you thought Harpo was just a great clown, this book will disabuse you of that notion in no time at all." (John Benz Fentner)

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Pearce, Jeff
Reich TV
Gallivant Books 2011
In this "Alternate History Thriller" the Marx Brothers are based in London and do a propaganda show for the BBC. George Orwell and Dylan Thomas also make an appearance

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Siegel, Lee
Groucho Marx - The Comedy of Existence
Yale University Press New Haven, CT 2016
From the publisher's website: "The first critical biography of Groucho Marx to approach his work analytically, this fascinating study draws unique connections between Groucho’s comedy and his life, concentrating primarily on the brothers’ classic films as a means of understanding and appreciating Julius the man."

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Stoliar, Steve
Raised Eyebrows - My Years Inside Groucho's House
BearManor Media 2011
Stoliar was a secretary an archivist to Groucho in later years. / "There was enough vintage Groucho in the book to bring a smile on my face, balancing the occasional tear from my eye." (J.Jacobs) / "... a good inside look at the Erin Fleming years." (Robert Rose)

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