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  • If a masterpiece is both sui generis and gives abiding pleasure, then Stephen Potter's odd books "Gamesmanship" (1947), "Lifemanship" (1950), "One-upmanship" (1952), and "Supermanship" (1958) surely qualify.

    The Success of Failure

  • In "One-upmanship," Potter suggests that one way to even things up is to prearrange a woman with a sexy voice to telephone at a time when one is likely to be unclothed in the physician's examining room, and that one take the call sitting naked upon the physician's desk, chatting amiably away.

    The Success of Failure

  • I first read "One-upmanship" at age 19, and not long after attended a lecture by the book's author, an Englishman who, had his accent been any plummier, would have been indecipherable.

    The Success of Failure

  • It comes from Stephen Potter, the author of Lifemanship, One-upmanship, and other classics.

    Holiday in Iraq

  • One-upmanship being at the core of narcissistic writing, Rosenbaum sees Romano and raises him one.

    University Diaries

  • One-upmanship has been practiced by the Fifth Dimension,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 2

  • A shorter description would be "A Manual of One-upmanship for Cocktail Party Conversation."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 3

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