|Title:||The Bishop's Jaegers|
|Publisher:||The Sun Dial Press|
Depressed and indifferent heir of a vast coffee import fortune, Peter Van Dyke finds his life and high society engagement turn upside down when his secretary, Josephine Duval, determines that she will rescue him from his horrible fate by ruining him morally. After an amusing scandal involving a nude Peter Van Dyke, Miss Duval and an ill starred burglar in a coat closet, he finds himself cast adrift in a fog with a motley crew that includes a Bishop Waller of the Episcopal Church and a former nude model named Aspirin Liz. The enterprising party lands unceremoniously on the shores of one of New York’s sauciest nudist colonies, and thus is the liberation of the coffee importer set in motion.
One of Smith’s few comic novels in which no element of the supernatural is featured. Smith assumes the reader will know that “Jaegers” refers to a union suit. [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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