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The late John Marquand; a biography by Stephen Birmingham
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The late Who-o-o-oo-H?? Best-selling author of 30s-50s,
JPM won a Pulitzer and had his face plastered on Time &
Newsweek. Contrary to Wiki, he didnt write satire, he wrote
bloodless comedy, US style, for fusty-dusty Establishment.
Today, no one reads him. Most have never heard of him.

Birmingham, who slavishly wrote about the "rich" (how did
he keep fr killing himself?), presents an engaging bio of
social climber JPM who married a Sedgwick, then a Hooker whose
sister was Blanchette (Rockefeller). But his sexy turn was
w the wife of his lit agent. (I like that). Birmingham's
bio of a dolt is better than anything JPM wrote and exudes
a riotous energy about class & sexuality.

A GR member burbled, Who are the great writers today?
Be quiet, shut up, I mutter. Only time will tell. And I
don't mean Time. No, J Yardley, I doubt if JPM will ever
be resurrected. For the curious, best JPMer: Wickford Point.
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