|Title:||Topper Takes a Trip|
|Publisher:||The Sun Dial Press|
|Tags:||fiction, ghosts, humour, supernatural, film/TV adaptation|
The beloved characters—mortal and immortal—of Topper return in this uproarious romp through the south of France. One of Thorne Smith’s best-loved comedies, it proves once again that he is the undisputed master of urbane wit and sophisticated repartee.
Cosmo Topper, the mild-mannered bank manager who was persuaded to take a walk on the wild side by the ghosts of George and Marion Kerby in Topper, finds himself reunited with his dyspeptic wife for an extended vacation on the Riviera. But he doesn’t have long to enjoy the peace and quiet before the irrepressible Kerbys materialize once again and start causing fracases, confusing the citizenry, alarming the gendarmes, getting naked, and turning every occasion into revelry or melee.—excerpt from Goodreads.com. [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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