Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paperback 526: The Courting of Susie Brown / Erskine Caldwell (Signet S1621)

Paperback 526: Signet S1621(5th ptg, 1960)

Title: The Courting of Susie Brown
Author: Erskine Caldwell
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $5

Best things about this cover:
  • The Delousing of Susie Brown.
  • Is this it? I have to believe that something far more salacious than this was painted over in thick purple. That would explain how Wrong her elbow looks. 
  • Also, how big is that chair seat? I see the chair, and it appears she is sitting on it, and yet those ... gowns? rags? ... she's sitting on don't appear to have anything to do with the chair. They're just ... hovering. 
  • Maybe the comb in a girl's lap is some kind of sexy visual shorthand I just don't get.

Best things about this back cover:
  • The Human Comedy ... is a novel by William Saroyan. And a series of novels by Honoré de Balzac. Like those classics, this book ... is also fiction.
  • Here is mirth and disaster. There be dragons.

Page 123~
   Dessie gripped the phone.
   "Did you say Waldo has a big roll of money?" she shouted. "Greenbacks tied with a string around the middle?"
   "He surely has, Mrs. Murdock. It's the biggest roll of money I've seen on a man since the Democrats took over."
   Dessie, who had risen from the chair until she was almost erect, sat down, hard.
Dessie and Mrs. Murdock found that by substituting "roll of money" for "penis," they drew far fewer outraged stares.


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Anonymous said...

Interesting fact about the human condition: You can't develop a sexual fetish by dint of your own will. I've been working for years on developing a fetish for arm-pits (they're the most frequently exposed private parts of the female anatomy), and have failed miserably.

Had I succeeded, this cover would have been hot.

Deb said...

Oh those Democrats--always giving men big rolls of money to impress white-trash girls.