Saturday, April 12, 2014

Paperback 763: Ten North Frederick / John O'Hara (Bantam F1554)

Paperback 763: Bantam F1554 (1st ptg, 1957)

Title: Ten North Frederick
Author: John O'Hara
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $7


Best things about this cover:
  • Wow, this is a strong entry in the Shittiest Cover Ever contest.
  • "Oh, Steve. Hold me in your pea green embrace!"
  • I like how the title is reinforced by the door in the background. Wait, did I say "like"…?
  • I almost like her messy painted dress and the curvaceous alien legs of the … let's call it a "hat stool."


Best things about this back cover:
  • Honestly, they couldn't make this book more boring-sounding if they tried.
  • Wait, go back to the "sweetheart" part … now change it to "buxom mistress" … yes, that's better.
  • So it's about a guy with a hat and cane who doesn't get to be President. I love John O'Hara, and I'm sure the book is fine, but I'm gonna require a sexier come-on than JOE CHAPIN.

Page 123~

"Ever see a fellow named Guyon Bardwell? He lived on Staten Island, and I imagine still does."

"Bardwell. No, I don't think so, although I did go to Staten Island this year. It's a beautiful place."

Staten Island? The one in New York? OK, if you say so.


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Random White Guy said...

Having read this book, trust me when I say the back cover is way more exciting than the actual content.

DemetriosX said...

I'm not so sure it's that strong a contender for Shittiest Cover. 1) It has actual artwork on it and 2) said artwork is not abstract. But in a division for covers with representational art, it is pretty bad.

There's a term for the "hat stool", but I can't think of it. It was a little table for entryways where callers could leave their cards if the residents were "not at home". You're the crossword guy, you should know this.