Will Cuppy was one of the original staff of Harold Ross's "New Yorker" and the author of "The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody". He is also, says PG Wodehouse in his introduction to this volume, 'the author of the best thing said about Pekingese, viz. 'I don't know why they look so conceited. They're no better than we are.'
Will Cuppy wrote a weekly column of reviews of mystery books for the New York Herald Tribune and various freelance journalism for other newspapers and magazines. His other books include The Decline & Fall of Practically Everybody, How to Get from January to December, and How to become Extinct. He died in 1949.