Thorne Smith

Thorne Smith

James Thorne Smith Jr. (18921934), was an American writer of humorous supernaturnal fantasy fiction.

Best known today for his creation of Topper, Smith's comic fantasy fiction (most of it involving sex, lots of drinking, and supernatural transformations, and aided by racy illustrations) sold millions of copies in the early 1930s. Smith drank as steadily as his characters; his appearance in James Thurber's The Years With Ross involves an unexplained week-long disappearance.

Smith was born in Annapolis, Maryland the son of a Navy commodore, attended Dartmouth College, and after hungry years in Greenwich Village working part-time as an advertising agent, Smith achieved meteoric success with the publication of Topper in 1926. He died of a heart attack in 1934 while vacationing in Florida.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (13)
1943  The Thorne Smith 3-Bagger
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1941  The Passionate Witch (The Passionate Witch, #1)
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1938  The Thorne Smith Triplets
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1936  The Thorne Smith 3-Decker
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1934  The Glorious Pool
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1933  Rain in the Doorway
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1933  Skin and Bones
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1932  Topper Takes a Trip (Topper, #2)
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1931  The Night Life of the Gods
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1931  Turnabout
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1931  Lazy Bear Lane
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1929  The Stray Lamb
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1926  Topper (Topper, #1)
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Others non-spefi books (6)
1932  The Bishop's Jaegers
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1930  Did She Fall?
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1927  Dream's End
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1919  Haunts and By-Paths
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1919  Out o' Luck: Biltmore Oswald Very Much at Sea (Biltmore Oswald, #2)
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1918  Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit (Biltmore Oswald, #1)
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