Boston Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, 1957. John V. Morris. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo, blue-green cloth with silver lettering on spine, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with mansion depicted by John V. Morris, illustrated with B&W cartoons by Morris, [viii] + 167 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #1814
Stories about life at a country club with humorous illustrations by John Morris.
Though John Philips Marquand (1893-1960) first became well known for his "Mr. Moto" spy series which were made into movies starring Peter Lorie during the 1930's. His other crime novels included Ming Yellow (1935); Don't Ask Questions (1941); Repent in Haste (1945, L: 1949); and It's Loaded, Mr. Bauer (1949); Stopover: Tokyo (1957).
Marquand was also a distinguished novelist who treated American society (often the upper classes) with sensitivity, respect, and satire.
The author's literary novels included: The Unspeakable Gentleman (1922); The Black Cargo (1925); Waring Hill (1930); THE LATE GEORGE APLEY (1937) for which he won the Pulizer Prize in 1938; Wickford Point (1939); H. M. Pulham, Esquire (1942); So Little Time (1944); B. F.'s Daughter (1946); Point of No Return (1949); the aforesaid Melville Goodwin (1952); Sincerely, Willis Wayde (1955); as well as Women and Thomas Harrow (1958).
Marquand's novel Melville Goodwin (1951) was slated in 1956 for a movie starring Humphrey Bogart, but when throat cancer prevented Bogie from playing the leading role, Kirk Douglas then starred in the 1957 film.
He also wrote several distinguished collections of short stories , essays, and articles, some of which included his perceptive analyses of sports. These Happy Knoll stories originally appeared in Sports Illustrated.
Superior Condition! No remainder marks; clean, bright, tight with bright dust jacket (slightly rubbed at extremities & with a smidgeon of abraision at the head & foot of the spine).