This Simian World, by Clarence Day (paperback)


How would the world have fared had cats, ants, elephants … been in charge? A 15,000-word, 72-page anti-heroic Darwinian satire on the origins of human nature, by a colleague of S.J. Perelman, James Thurber, Robert Benchley and the Marx Brothers. New, corrected OCR, with the author’s illustrations. Here’s a sample. You can buy the paperback off me in person at gigs or (sigh) on Amazon:

Amazon links to a bad Kindle edition, but you can get my one here.


“A wise and delightful book” – Dean Acheson (Truman’s Secretary of State, 1949-53)

“The monkey in me has never been more clearly perceived” – E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web, Strunk & White)

“If I had never done anything but publish Clarence Day, I would be satisfied” – Harold Ross (creator of The New Yorker)

“A little masterpiece” – The Liberator (American Communist magazine, 1921)

“A brilliant satire on the foibles of the human race” – Kirkus Reviews (1936)

“Still relevant to an understanding of the human animal in New York, Washington or anywhere else” – Alfred A. Knopf (Day’s publisher, in 1981)

Additional information

Weight 90 g
Dimensions 127 × 4 × 203 mm
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