Thorne Smith


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humorist whose first book, Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit (1918), based on his experiences in the navy during World War I, was enormously popular at the time. With Topper (1926) he established the vein of ribald fantasy for which he is best known. This novel deals with two capricious ghosts, whose ectoplasmic reappearances and whimsically insane actions disturb the staid life of the inhibited banker Cosmo Topper.

Subjects: Literature.

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