BOOKS ABOUT MONTY PYTHON

The Complate Monty Python: Vol. I
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(self published work by Chicago-based free-lance journalist Kim "Howard" Johnson; includes: Howard's own story of how he got involved with Monty Python, Origins of Monty Python, a summary of each Flying Circus episode from the first season, Python on Record, The Official Monty Python Quiz, The Michael Palin Interview and Profiles of Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, with a brief autobiography of Terry Jones, including a questionnaire that Terry filled out)

  • 1978 (U.S.) ISBN N/A (paperback)

The Complate Monty Python: Vol. 2
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(self published work by Chicago-based free-lance journalist Howard Johnson; includes: More Python on Record, A Talk with BBC Producer Barry Took, Python! Live on Stage, The Second Thirteen Shows, The Terry Gilliam Interview, a Chat with Charles Alverson, Profiles of Michael Palin and Eric Idle, The "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Word Search, Python on Film, and a look at "Monty Python's Life of Brian")

  • 1979 (U.S.) ISBN N/A (paperback)

The Complate Monty Python: Vol. 3
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(self published work by Chicago-based free-lance journalist Howard Johnson; includes Python on Record Part Three, The Third Thirteen Shows, More Python on Television, Python Ink, Python in Magazines, The Graham Chapman Interview, The Rutles, Profiles of Graham Chapman and John Cleese, Video Arts Films by John Cleese, "Fawlty Towers" Index, The John Cleese Interview, Bits of "Brian," The "Ripping Yarns" Book, Monty Python Puzzle, The Carol Cleveland Interview, Neil Innes and the Bonzo Dog Band, and The Fourth Season)

  • 1979 (U.S.) ISBN N/A (paperback)

From Fringe to Flying Circus: Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy (1960-1980)
by Roger Wilmut

(a well researched book about the Oxbridge brand of comedy and the early successes of many British comedic actors, including Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Allan Bennett, David Frost, and all of the Pythons)

  • Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1980 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-46950-6 (hardcover)
  • Book Club Associates, 1981 (U.K.) ISBN n/a (hardcover)
  • Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1982 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-50770-X (paperback)

Monty Python: The Case Against
has also been cited as Irreverence, Scurrility, Profanity, Vilification and Licentious Abuse: Monty Python the Case Against
by Robert Hewison

(a thorough study of the Pythons' battles against censorship, from the television shows to the ABC lawsuit to the "Life of Brian" controversy, including script excerpts from the material in question)

  • Eyre Methuen, Ltd., 1981 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-48650-8 (hardcover)
  • Eyre Methuen, Ltd., 1981 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-48660-5 (paperback)
  • Butler & Tanner, Ltd., 1981 (U.K.) ISBN ********** (***)
  • Grove Press, 1981 (U.S.) ISBN ********** (hardcover)
  • Grove Press, 1981 (U.S.) ISBN 0-394-17949-8 (paperback)
  • Mandarin, 19*** (U.K.) ISBN 0-7493-0226-7 (paperback)

Monty Python: Complete and Utter Theory of the Grotesque
edited by John O. Thompson

(a series of forty-eight essays on various facets of Monty Python; most of the chapters are taken from interviews and reviews about the Monty Python troupe, includes a Pythonography compiled by Lucy Douch, who would later collaborate with George Perry for his books, "Life of Python")

  • British Film Institute, 1982, 1984 (U.K.) ISBN 0-85170-119-1 (paperback)
  • University of Illinois Press, 1982 (U.S.) ISBN ********** (***)

Life of Python has also been cited as The Life of Python: The History of Something Completely Different
by George Perry

(a biography of the group, with individual chapters devoted to each of the six members, a chapter on their television series and films, and includes an extensive Pythonography; includes lots of rare photographs)

  • Pavilion Books, 1983 (U.K.) ISBN 0-907516-22-X (hardcover)
  • Pavilion Books, 1983, 1986 (U.K.) ISBN 1-85145-057-2 (paperback)
  • Little, Brown and Company, 1983 (U.S.) ISBN 0-316-70015-0 (paperback)
  • Pavilion Books, 1994 (U.K.) ISBN 1-85793-441-5 (paperback)
  • Running Press Book Publishers, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56138-568-9 (paperback) (updated "25th anniverary" edition with new introduction, photographs, and text; also includes updated Pythonography, current through the year 1994)
  • Pavilion Books, 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 1-85793-441-5 (paperback) (another updated version; has a new introduction, photographs, and text, current through the year 1999)

Monty Python has also been cited as Monty Python: The First 20 Years (1969-1989)
edited by Emanuela Martini

(a 64-page monograph published for the 1989 Bergamo Film Meeting, a film festival held 2-9 July 1989; the book was written by Emanuela Martini (who is now the editor-in-chief of Film-TV magazine and who helped organize the annual Bergamo film festivals since 1982) in collaboration with the British Council; the book chronicles the television and film history of Monty Python; entirely in Italian)

  • Bergamo Film Meeting/C.P.Z., 1989 (Italy) ISBN n/a (paperback)

The First 20 Years of Monty Python
has also been cited as The First 200 Years of Monty Python; however, the second "0" in "200" is crossed out)
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(one of the most authoritative books on Monty Python to date, includes summaries of all of the television episodes and films as well as biographies of the six members and a bibliography; Kim Johnson also wrote two other Python books: "And Now For Something Completely Trivial" and "Life Before and After Monty Python")

  • St. Martin's Press, 1989 (U.S.) ISBN 0-312-03309-5 (paperback)
  • Plexus Publishing, 1989, 1990 (U.K.) ISBN 0-85965-107-X (paperback)

And Now For Something Completely Trivial: The Monty Python Trivia and Quiz Book
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(test your Python Quotient with this series of increasingly difficult quizzes; includes lots of interesting trivia on the group; Kim Johnson also wrote two other Python books: "The First 20 Years of Monty Python" and "Life Before and After Monty Python")

  • St. Martin's Press, 1991 (U.S.) ISBN 0-312-06289-3 (paperback)
  • Plexus Publishing, 1993 (U.K.) ISBN 0-859-65208-4 (***)

Monty Python: A Chronological Listing of the Troupe's Creative Output, and Articles and Reviews About Them, 1969-1989
by Douglas L. McCall

(an incredibly well-research chronology of the group's works and accomplishments, includes periodical references and lots of seldom known events)

  • McFarland & Company, Inc., 1991 (U.S.) ISBN 0-89950-559-7 (hardcover)

Life Before and After Monty Python: The Solo Flights of the Flying Circus
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(third in the series of Howard's books; includes information on most of the individual efforts, books, recordings, and films of the Python members both before and after the troupe's existence; Howard Johnson also wrote two other Python books: "The First 20 Years of Monty Python" and "And Now For Something Completely Trivial")

  • St. Martin's Press, 1993 (U.S.) ISBN 0-312-08695-4 (paperback)
  • Plexus Publishing, 1993 (U.K.) ISBN 0-859-65206-8 (***)

Python: Then and Now
by ****

  • Semantia, 19*** (U.K.) ISBN ********** (***)

The Monty Python Non-Inflatable TV Companion
by Jim Yoakum

(book of personal remembrances and interesting trivia about the Monty Python troupe and their work; written by an acquiantance of Graham Chapman; this was a copy of the galley-proof which was available from the author himself but a new official version was published by Dowling Press in 1999)

  • N/A, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN N/A (paperback)

Monty Python: Über Den Sinn Des Lebens
by Andreas Pittler

(German biography of the Python troupe, structured much like Kim "Howard" Johnson's and George Perry's books; describes life before and after Monty Python and summaries of each of the episodes; numerous black and white photographs; entirely in German)

  • Wilhelm Heyne Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1997 (Germany) ISBN 3-453-12422-7 (paperback)

 

Monty Python Encyclopedia
by Robert Ross

(published by the editor of Cor! magazine, a fanzine of British comedy; a very complete listing of Python related performances and solo projects, in alphabetical order, with thorough descriptions and details not included in other Python biographies; also includes a detailed - albeit sometimes vague or inaccurate - chronology of events from the 1960s through 1997)

  • B.T. Batsford, Ltd., 1997 (U.K.) 0-7134-8279-6 (paperback)
  • TV Books, 1999 (U.S.) 1-57500-036-9 (paperback)
  • Chrysalis Books/B.T. Batsford, Ltd., 2001 (U.K.) 0-7134-8623-6 (hardcover) (updated version, published as a hardcover, including new entries to cover the years 1998 through 2000)

 


Monty Python: A Celebration
by Richard Topping

(a retrospective of Monty Python's Flying Circus; published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1999)

  • Virgin Publishing, 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 1-85227-825-0 (hardcover)

 


The First 28 Years of Monty Python
has also been cited as The First 280 Years of Monty Python; where the last "0" is crossed out; has also been referred to as The First 208 Years of Monty Python
by Kim "Howard" Johnson

(the long awaited update of Howard's 1989 biography of the Monty Python troupe; the 1998 edition includes new interviews with most of the Pythons, including Carol Cleveland, reports on the 20th and 25th anniversaries, some never-before-seen photos shot by Terry Jones of the first Python writing sessions and the last Python writing session, a look at the recent licensing and merchandising, PythOnline, a section of memories of Graham, and some additional material drawn from Howard's Life Before and After Monty Python book, due out November 1998)

  • St. Martin's Press, 1998 (U.S.) ISBN 0-312-16933-7 (paperback)

The Non-Inflatable Monty Python TV Companion
by Jim Yoakum

(the long-awaited officially published version of Jim Yoakum's Monty Python Non-Inflatable TV Companion, over ten years in the making; a collection of remembrances about and interviews with the Monty Python troupe and associates by a personal acquaintance of Graham Chapman; lots of interesting Monty Python history set in the context of current events)

  • Dowling Press, 1999 (U.S.) ISBN 1-891847-05-8 (paperback)

 

Monty Python Speaks!
by David Morgan

(a history of Monty Python's Flying Circus, as told in their own words by the members and colleagues of the Monty Python troupe; the Pythons' meeting, their shared humor, their clashes, their struggles to maintain artistic control over their work, and most of all, spam!; illustrated with rare backstage photographs; Avon Press version debuts June 1999 and 4th Estate pressing released October 1999)

  • Spike / Avon Press, 1999 (U.S.) ISBN 0-380-80479-4 (paperback)
  • Ted Smart, 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 1-84115-168-8 (paperback)
  • Argo, 2002 (Czechoslovakia) ISBN 80-7203-414-6 (hardcover) (Czech version, entitled Monty Python vlastními slovy! has also been cited as Monty Pythonové vlastními slovy)
  • East Press, 2003 (Japan) ISBN 4872572858 (***) (uses the phonetic English title Monty Python Speaks!)

(The Complete Monty Python)
by Yasunari Suda

(an in-depth 350-page guide to the world of Monty Python for the Japanese fans; features bios, profiles of memorable characters in the shows (the It's Man, nude organist, cheeseshop vendor, etc.), an episode-by-episode sketch guide, a chapter on the Python films, also contains a very rough map of London with indications where particular episodes were filmed (notably the first publication to attempt a Python location guide); in Japanese)

  • Movie Treasure Collection/Yosensha Publishers, 1999 (Japan) ISBN 4-89691-362-0 (paperback)

Eine Python namens Monty
by Guido Mann

(much like the back portion of the Monty Python Encyclopedia, the book features a complete chronological listing of all of the Python projects (year-by-year), including those associated with the indvidual Pythons' solo careers; entirely in German)

  • Libri Books on Demand, 2000 (Germany) ISBN 3-89811-326-4 (paperback)

Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama
by Darl Larsen

(this book investigates both the differences and similarities between Shakespeare and Monty Python; it discusses Shakespeare's status as England's National Poet and Python's similar elevation; it explores various aspects of theatricality (troupe configurations, casting and writing choices, allusions ot classical literature) used by Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and Monty Python)

  • McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003 (U.S.) ISBN 0-7864-1504-5 (paperback)

Monty Python's Flying Circus
by Marcia Landy

(a serious work examining the Flying Circus within the context of its time, analyzing the show's influence on 1960s and 1970s British television as well as British cultural influence on the show's legendary material; Landy explores not only why the series' complex form of comedy was important but also why it was so well received, citing the Pythons' amalgam of comedic material: the unruly treatment of sexuality, the mockery of religion and class, and the critique of the medium of television)

  • Wayne State University Press, 2005 (U.S.) ISBN 0-8143-3103-3 (paperback)

Monty Python and Philosophy : Nudge Nudge, Think Think
by Gary L. Hardcastle, George A. Reisch

(fifteen experts in topics like mythology, Buddhism, feminism, logic, ethics, and the philosophy of science bring their expertise to bear on Python movies such as Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Flying Circus mainstays such as the Argument Clinic, the Dead Parrot Sketch, and, of course, the Bruces, the Pythons’ demented, song-filled vision of an Australian philosophy department)

  • Open Court, 2006 (U.S.) ISBN 0812695933 (paperback)