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"A gay, impudent, amorous novel" about a strike at the Sleep Tite pajama factory in Junction City, Iowa, told from the viewpoint of Sid Sorokin, the factory superintendent. Basis of the Broadway musical "The Pajama Game."
Hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press, 245 pages
Published 1953 by Little, Brown and Company
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Entertaining, wisecracking satire from the 1950s of trying to climb out of the union rank and file into management.

The musical based on this book, as you might expect, takes the first 50 pages or so and runs off in a different direction. In Bissell's book the garment workers' strike for a 7-1/2 cent increase on piecework is settled in a completely different way, much less dramatically.

A word of caution: anti-Semitic epithets were run of the mill in the period in which the book takes place.
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Richard Pike Bissell (June 27, 1913-May 4, 1977) was an author of short stories and novels, playwright, business executive and riverboat pilot/master. He was best known for his river books, and for his novel 7½ Cents, based on his experience in the garment industry, which he helped convert into Pajama Game, one of the most popular Broadway musical comedies of the 1950's and made into a movie musi ...more
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