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Thorne Smith

a.k.a. James Thorne Smith Jr.

Author Code: AJTS

Born: Mar. 27, 1892 - Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Died: Jun. 21, 1934 - Florida, USA

Educated at Dartmouth College, Smith left school in 1912 before graduating. He took a job writing copy for a New York ad agency, but when the US entered the war in 1917, he enlisted in the US Navy. While serving, Smith contributed to The Broadside, a Naval Reservist Journal, eventually becoming its editor. He created the character Biltmore Oswald, who proved very popular with readers. After leaving the Navy in 1919, Smith returned to copywriting for an ad agency, but was hit by the Spanish Influenza epidemic. After months recovering from the effects of the flu, he moved to Greenwich Village in New York and wrote some poetry which was published in Haunts and By-Paths. Unfortunately, the book received poor reviews and Smith continued his love-hate relationship with the advertising industry in order to earn a living. He Married Celia Sullivan in late 1919 and had two children over the next few years. His first novel, Dream's End, was rejected by publishers in 1925, and did not appear until 1927. His first real success, and the work by which he is best known, was Topper which came out in 1926. The humorous story of a banker named Topper and a couple of ghosts that occupy his house. An instant success, Topper was made into a film in 1937 and also became a long-running successful TV show in the 1950's. Smith was a heavy drinker and his life style eventually led to his death by a heart attack when he was only 42. His other works include The Stray Lamb (1929), Did She Fall? (1930), Turnabout (1931), The Night Life of the Gods (1931), Topper Takes a Trip (1932), The Bishop's Jaegers (1932), Rain in the Doorway (1933), Skin and Bones (1933), The Glorious Pool (1934) and Birthday Present (1934).

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AJTS003 The Glorious Pool 1934 131 582k eBook Download PDF - 'The Glorious Pool' (AJTS003) Find a printed copy of The Glorious Pool by Thorne Smith at AbeBooks
AJTS005 The Night Life of the Gods 1931 183 677k eBook Download PDF - 'The Night Life of the Gods' (AJTS005) Find a printed copy of The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith at AbeBooks
AJTS002 The Stray Lamb 1929 129 593k eBook Download PDF - 'The Stray Lamb' (AJTS002) Find a printed copy of The Stray Lamb by Thorne Smith at AbeBooks
AJTS001 Topper 1926 137 594k eBook Download PDF - 'Topper' (AJTS001) Find a printed copy of Topper by Thorne Smith at AbeBooks
AJTS004 Topper Takes a Trip 1932 165 718k eBook Download PDF - 'Topper Takes a Trip' (AJTS004) Find a printed copy of Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith at AbeBooks

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