A Man Named Smith (ebook)

A MAN NAMED SMITH: THE NOVELS AND SCREEN LEGACY OF THORNE SMITH by Anthony Slide

Thorne Smith is a unique figure in American literature, one who thrived during the Prohibition Era creating comic novels that ridiculed the morality of the times and involved extensive drinking, nudity, frivolity, and general debauchery. 

Thorne Smith's work, background information on his life and early death, and all of his novels are discussed in detail, with extensive new documentation on their screen adaptations, including Topper, Night Life of the Gods, and Turnabout. Also discussed is Thorne Smith's brief time in Hollywood at MGM in 1933, and the influence that his books have had on later films and television productions.

As an added bonus, reprinted here in its entirety is the 1934 promotional monograph, Thorne Smith, His Life and Times. Bibliography. 

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