Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday's Forgotten Books, March 30, 2012
I was a great fan of John P. Marquand as a teenager even though he was already gone. He won the Pulitizer Prize for this book. But rather than dwell on one book among many novels and even more short stories, I want to remember him as a writer.
He wrote about the upper classes in early 20th century American but not in a idolizing or idealizing way. He pointed out their faults and foibles with humor, sympathy but also with a sharp knife.
Most of the novels are set in Boston and about what used to be called Boston Brahmins. He was a fine writer and I often see his books in antique stores. My library system has only this book and it is at one of the high schools. Oddly his biography is still on the shelves so you can find out about his life if not his books. This is one of his best and I also remember B.F. Daughter, Point of No Return and Wickford Point.
He was also the author of the Mr. Moto novels, about a Japanese spy. These were made into movies with Peter Lorre playing the gentleman.
Ed Gorman is the author of the Dev Conrad and Sam McCain series along with lots of other great stuff. You can find him here.
Jose Ignacio Escribano
Steve Lewis/Walker Martin
J. F. Norris
Kevin Tipple/Barry Ergang
Wuthering Willow and Wuthering Willow