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The Passionate Witch

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published December 1st 1941 by Amereon Limited (first published 1941)
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Oct 20, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Cary Grant, fantasy, and cocktails
I think most of us are aware of the TV show 'Bewitched' right? Well it's based on Thorne Smith's last novel "Passionate Witch."

The big difference with the novel is that it has 'dark' overtones with respect to married relationships. The Witch here is really a witch. She puts spells on women she feel is putting the moves on her husband. And the husband just wants a piece of mind and some space... Weird book.

But overall you can't go wrong with Throne Smith. Why this man is so underrated is beyond
Jan 15, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
Thorne Smith's book "The Passionate Witch" was published in 1941. It was his final book and he was unable to finish it before his death. It was completed by Norman Matson. Mr. Smith's book is said to be the seed idea for the TV show "Bewitched". The "Passionate Witch" was a frivolous but entertaining book. For a 1940's book it was quite racy and contained nudity, cheating, heavy drinking and cross dressing. The story begins with a well respected businessman who maintains a very healthy and Chris ...more
Carol Colfer
Feb 26, 2016 Carol Colfer rated it it was ok
Not a big fan. The book was published in 1941, which made the historical context slightly interesting, but it was sexist, silly (as intended), and not particularly amusing. Its subtitle is "The Ribald Story of a Shy Millionaire who Married a Witch". Perhaps that should have told me enough to avoid reading it. I almost quit in the middle....
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Remember 'Bewitched'? It was based on this
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witty . old fashioned and great
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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 Annapoli
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