|Publisher:||The Sun Dial Press|
|Tags:||fiction, ghosts, humour, supernatural, film/TV adaptation|
One of Thorne Smith’s most popular books and made into a film. Topper is about a respectable banker called Cosmo Topper, married to a depressingly staid wife Mary, and his misadventures with a couple of ghosts, Marion and George Kerby, who introduce him to other ghosts. He is romantically attracted to Marion, who at one point tries to kill him so that they can always be together. Unusually, Mary is treated sympathetically—she does not like what she has become and tries to change.—Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Smith, Thorne
James Thorne Smith, Jr. (March 27, 1892 – June 21, 1934) was an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction under the byline Thorne Smith. He is best known today for the two Topper novels and comic fantasy fiction involving sex, much drinking and supernatural transformations. With racy illustrations, these sold millions of copies in the 1930s and were equally popular in paperbacks of the 1950s. His most popular work: Topper, which was not only a favorite book, but was also adapted into a successful movie with two sequels, a top radio program and a popular TV series.
Thorne’s impact can be felt in the writings of authors as diverse as Robert Bloch, Neil Gaiman, and James Thurber. Other works influenced by him include the cartoons of “Beetle Bailey”, “Sad Sack” and “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and the TV shows “Bewitched”, “Mr. Ed”, and “I Dream of Jeannie”.
Smith drank as steadily as his characters; his appearance in James Thurber's “The Years with Ross” involves an unexplained week-long disappearance. Smith was born in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a Navy commodore, and attended Dartmouth College. Following hungry years in Greenwich Village, working part-time as an advertising agent, Smith achieved meteoric success with the publication of “Topper” in 1926. He was an early resident of Free Acres, a social experimental community developed by Bolton Hall according to the economic principles of Henry George in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He died of a heart attack in 1934 while vacationing in Florida.
Source: Wikipedia and thornesmith.net
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