S.J. Perelman & Nathanael West
Brothers-in-law of wildly differing literary styles.
Sidney Joseph Perelman, almost always known as S. J. Perelman, was an American humorist, author, and screenwriter. He is best known for his humorous short pieces written over many years for The New Yorker; he also wrote for several other magazines, as well as books, scripts, and screenplays.
Nathanael West was an American writer who died in a car crash at thirty-seven. Nathanael West published four novels. It was in France, posthumously, after World War II, that he first attracted attention. In his works West examined the reverse side of liberty and freedom - dreams turned into nightmare, or what he called "the secret inner life of masses".