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Books and articles by members of the Marx family about the Marx Brothers or the Marx family


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Marx, Arthur:
Arthur Marx has written more books than listed here (especially biographies of other comedians), but they are not related to the Marx Brothers

 

Marx, Arthur: My Father Groucho

 

- Radio and Television Mirror, Feb 1949

Marx, Arthur: Groucho is my Pop

 

- Collier's, 13 Oct 1951

Marx, Arthur: What's Wrong with the Giants
published under Groucho's name, Arthur is not credited

 

- Collier's, 18 Jul 1953

Marx, Arthur: My Old Man Groucho
Serialization of "Life with Groucho"

 

- Saturday Evening Post, No. 12-19, 18 Sep - 6 Nov, 1954

Marx, Arthur: Life with Groucho
The text of the Gollancz edition differs slightly from the Simon and Schuster edition. The rewritten(?) Gollancz version is also used for "My Life with Groucho" (1988). Serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (18 Sep - 6 Nov 1954) as "My old man Groucho"

Popular Giant / New York, NY / 1960 / Simon and Schuster / New York, NY / 1954a / 54-9802

- Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 1954, Library of Congress: 54-9802

- Victor Gollancz, London, UK, 1954 / titled 'Groucho'

- Popular Giant, New York, NY, 1960 / (paperback)

Marx, Arthur: Not as a Crocodile
is based on Arthur's family life. Groucho is mentioned a few times.

 

- Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, NY, 1958, Library of Congress: 58-6153

Marx, Arthur: Son of Groucho
More or less Arthur's autobiography, but has of course something about Groucho. / "I personally like this one better than Arthur's biography of his father ("Life With Groucho"); it is more entertainingly written and, I think, more frank in many ways. A good deal of it concerns Arthur's own adventures, on the amateur tennis circuit, in the Coast Guard, as a budding writer, and as a man who divorces his first wife to marry his sister-in-law; but Groucho never stays out of the narrative for long. (Question: Did Groucho ever read this book, and find out how Arthur flummoxed him with the "Life With Groucho" galleys?) " (Robert Rose)

David McKay / New York, NY / 1972 / 72-86964

- David McKay, New York, NY, 1972, Library of Congress: 72-86964
   Available from amazon: USA

- Peter Owen, London, UK, 1973, ISBN: 0 7206 0143 6 (ISBN-13: 9780720601435)
   Available from amazon: USA UK

Marx, Arthur: My Life with Groucho
Expanded edition of "Life with Groucho" (1954). Chapters are added for the time after 1954. The text used for the first chapters is the rewritten version as in the British edition of 1954. The later chapters tell the story of Groucho's final years from Arthur's viewpoint.

 /  /  / Barricade Books / Fort Lee / 1992 / 0 942637 45 3 Robson Books/ Parkwest Publications / London, UK / / 1988, 1991 / 0 86051 494 3 Ediciones Paidós Ibérica / Barcelona, Spain / 1991 / 84 7509 698 0 Effepi Libri /  / 2007 / 88 600 2007 7

- Pan Books, London, UK, 1988, ISBN: 0 330 31132 8 (ISBN-13: 9780330311328)
   Available from amazon: UK

- Robson Books/ Parkwest Publications, London, UK /, 1988, 1991, ISBN: 0 86051 494 3 (ISBN-13: 9780860514947) / (hardcover)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

- (espagñol) Ediciones Paidós Ibérica, Barcelona, Spain, 1991, ISBN: 84 7509 698 0 (ISBN-13: 9788475096988)
   titled: Mi vida con Groucho: Un mito visto por su hijo, translated by: Maricel Ford

- (espagñol) Paidós, Mexico, 1991, ISBN: 968 853 213 4 (ISBN-13: 9789688532133)
   titled: Mi vida con Groucho: Un mito visto por su hijo, translated by: Maricel Ford
   Available from amazon: USA UK

- Barricade Books, Fort Lee, 1992, ISBN: 0 942637 45 3 (ISBN-13: 9780942637458) / (paperback)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

- G.K. Hall & Co, 1993, ISBN: 0 8161 5607 7 (ISBN-13: 9780816156078) / (large print)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

- (espagñol) Salvat Editores, Barcelona, Spain, 1995, ISBN: 84 345 9134 0 (ISBN-13: 9788434591349)
   titled: Groucho Marx, translated by: Maricel Ford

- (italiano) Effepi Libri, 2007, ISBN: 88 600 2007 7 (ISBN-13: 9788860020079)
   titled: La mia vita con Groucho, translated by: Lucia Mezzetti
   Available from amazon: IT

Marx, Arthur: You Bet Your Life - Groucho's Secret Word Was Enjoyment

in 'Cigar Aficionado', Vol.1 No. 3 /  / 1993-03 / 1063-7885

- in "Cigar Aficionado", Vol.1 No. 3, Mar 1993, ISSN: 1063-7885

Marx, Arthur: The Secret Life of Bob Hope
This biography has a transcript of the ad-libbing Bob and Groucho did in a show, which finally let to Groucho hosting "You Bet Your Life"

Barricade Books /  / 1993 / 0 94263 774 7

- Barricade Books, 1993, ISBN: 0 94263 774 7 (ISBN-13: 9780942637748)
   Available from amazon: USA

- Robson Books, London, UK, 1994, ISBN: 0 86051 897 3 (ISBN-13: 9780860518976)
   Available from amazon: UK DE

Marx, Arthur: Arthur Marx's Groucho: A Photographic Journey

Phoenix Marketing Services /  / 2001 / 0 9707143 0 0

- Phoenix Marketing Services, 2001, ISBN: 0 9707143 0 0 (ISBN-13: 9780970714305)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE FR CA

Marx, Arthur; Fisher, Robert: The Impossible Years
One source said that this play reflects aspects of Groucho life, but it seems to be more about Arthur's family.

 

- Samuel French, New York, NY, 1964

Marx, Arthur; Fisher, Robert: Minnie's Boys
(Musical)

 

- Samuel French Inc., #15107, New York, NY, 1970

Marx, Arthur; Fisher, Robert: Groucho: A Life in Revue
(available on CD, see Records section)

 

- Samuel French Inc., #9143, New York, NY, 1988, ISBN: 0 573 67050 1 (ISBN-13: 9780573670503)
   Available from amazon: USA UK

Marx, Bill: Son of Harpo Speaks
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

Bearmanor Media /  / 2007 / 1 59393 062 3 Applause Theatre & Cinema Books /  / 2011-11 / 1 557 83790 2

- Bearmanor Media, 2007, ISBN: 1 59393 062 3 (ISBN-13: 9781593930622)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE FR CA

- Bearmanor Media, 2010 / Audiobook

- Waterlogg Productions, 2011 / Audiobook, unabridged, read by Bill Marx
   Available from amazon: USA

- Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Nov 2011, ISBN: 1 557 83790 2 (ISBN-13: 9781557837905) / this edition has some minor changes compared to the previous version
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE FR IT CA

- Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Nov 2011 / Kindle edition
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE FR IT CA

Marx, Maxine: Growing Up With Chico
"It was not a terribly pleasant read, because it shows fairly plainly all the problems that Chico had, with gambling, women, etc." (Jeff Kyle) / "Chico's daughter tells us she was upset by her father's portrayal in the "Scrapbook." I don't know if she'd be reassured or dismayed that I feel her analysis of Chico was not substantially different (if considerably more affectionate): she portrays her father as an irresponsible compulsive gambler and womanizer, who nonetheless had a tremendous charisma and magnetism that earned the undying affection and loyalty of many people, including herself, her mother, and Minnie Marx herself. She does make a good case for Chico's importance to the act, for being the only one of the brothers who could work effectively as a solo, and for having more musical talent than he is often given credit for. A lot of good stuff, much of it not to be found elsewhere." (Robert Rose)

Prentice Hall / Englewood Cliffs, NJ / 1980 / 0 13 367821 0 Limelight Editions / New York, NY / 1986 / 0 87910 059 1

- Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1980, ISBN: 0 13 367821 0 (ISBN-13: 9780133678215)
   Available from amazon: USA UK

- Limelight Editions, New York, NY, 1986, ISBN: 0 87910 059 1 (ISBN-13: 9780879100599)
   Available from amazon: USA UK DE

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