Thorne Smith





Thorne Smith


Born
in Annapolis, Maryland, The United States
March 27, 1892

Died
June 21, 1934

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James Thorne Smith, Jr. was an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction under the byline Thorne Smith. He is best known today for the two Topper novels, 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.

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 eco
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Average rating: 3.79 · 2,014 ratings · 261 reviews · 30 distinct works · Similar authors
Topper

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3.72 avg rating — 743 ratings — published 1926 — 42 editions
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The Night Life of the Gods

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3.85 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 1931 — 26 editions
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Topper Takes a Trip

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3.81 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 1932 — 17 editions
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Turnabout

4.05 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1931 — 16 editions
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The Stray Lamb

4.01 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1929 — 12 editions
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Rain in the Doorway

3.83 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1933 — 13 editions
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The Glorious Pool

3.84 avg rating — 74 ratings — published 1934 — 15 editions
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The Passionate Witch

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3.49 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1941 — 8 editions
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The Bishop's Jaegers

3.74 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 1932 — 20 editions
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Skin and Bones

3.79 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1933 — 16 editions
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Topper Topper Takes a Trip
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3.74 avg rating — 960 ratings

“She reads a lot of books. Good things, books.”
Thorne Smith

“If men had to have babies there wouldn’t be any sex life left.”
Thorne Smith, Turnabout

“Vanity and prejudice have as usual played havoc with the truth, and Mr. Topper's reputation has been tossed into a furnace of frantically wagging tongues. The”
Thorne Smith, Topper

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