Rain in the Doorway


By: Smith, Thorne

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Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were small paperback books of fiction and nonfiction that were distributed in the American military during World War II. From 1943 to 1947, some 122 million copies of more than 1,300 ASE titles were published and printed by the Council on Books in Wartime (CBW) and distributed to service members, with whom they were enormously popular. This edition is in good condition. Some minor defects may exist related to aging such as coloration fading, pages partially yellowing, etc. Major defects will be noted. The spine is somewhat faded and somewhat puckered.


James Thorne Smith, Jr. (1892-1934) was an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction under the byline Thorne Smith. He is best known today for his two Topper novels, comic fantasy fiction involving sex, much drinking, and ghosts, the racily illustrated editions of which sold in their millions in the 1930s, becoming equally popular when released as paperback editions in the 1950s. The son of a Navy commodore, Smith attended Dartmouth College, spent time in Greenwich Village as a part-time advertising agent, and then achieved meteoric success with the publication of Topper (also known as The Jovial Ghosts) in 1926. As hard-drinking as his famous characters, he was an early resident of Free Acres, a social experimental community in Berkeley Heights, NJ, and died of a heart attack while vacationing in Florida. Rain in the Doorway (1933) relates the inebriated adventures of cuckolded husband Hector Owen who inadvertently becomes a partner in a big city department store. This story of Owen, his fellow partners, and Miss Honor "Satin" Knightley, a salesgirl in the pornographic books department, is Thorne's most openly erotic work involving various sexual encounters. A courtroom scene provides a dramtic climax but the novel's biggest surprise is not revealed until the final pages.

Title: Rain in the Doorway

Author Name: Smith, Thorne

ISBN Number: 1406803693

ISBN-13: 9781406803693

Location Published: ECHO LIB

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Collectible-Good

Categories: Books

Seller ID: 51JM4V000010_ns

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