Friday, February 14, 2014

Paperback 742: The Quick Brown Fox / Lawrence Schoonover (Bantam 1178)

Paperback 742: Bantam 1178 (1st ptg, 1953)

Title: The Quick Brown Fox
Author: Lawrence Schoonover
Cover artist: Harry Schaare

Yours for: $16


Best things about this cover:
  • "Hey, baby, I'm just a quick brown fox looking for a lazy dog … wait, let me rephrase that … oh, man, I shouldn't have drunk All That Alcohol."
  • I count five bottles. I assume other people were there, earlier.
  • I love this cover so much. So many details. Wreaths! Charts! Rolodexes! Typewriters! 
  • I also love her I-could-take-you-or-leave-you expression. Seriously sexy.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Gah. Horrible.
  • You'll pardon me if I don't think "dry Gibsons, quick seductions and eccentric clients" sound "dreary."
  • There is a hole-punch in the shape of an apostrophe at the bottom left of this back cover. I have no idea why.

Page 123~

But lately, Betty said, while Don was drinking so much and getting all these weird and twisted notions about her, the banks had been uncooperative with some of his loans and the finance company had been pressing them about payments on the car. 

Let me get this straight: it's a book about mid-century Madison Avenue and two of the main characters are a couple named "Don" and "Betty"? And "Don was drinking…" Huh. Interesting. Sounds familiar.


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1 comment:

Karl said...

This is really one of the most interesting paperback covers evar! Miss Floozy from (presumably) the typing pool is shoved waayy over to the side and makes up a small percentage of the image, and yet she dominates the picture. Everything points to her, leads up to her, focuses on her. It's a fascinating composition, and it makes one think about all the thought, calculation and artistry that sometimes went into these ephemeral and disposable pulp covers. It kinda says something about the inexorable human drive to excel, to do good work, regardless of how insignificant that work may seem to the rest of the world.

Or somethin'...