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  • Ms. Dundy is at her best in conversation, and she's sure to be entertaining in person — you might even get to hear some high-class celebrity gossip!

    A Different Stripe:

  • If you only know Elaine Dundy through her novels (the ones we publish were written early in her career) then you probably don't know that Dundy was the author of Elvis and Gladys, a well-regarded biography of the singer and his mother ( "my friends thought I'd gone not only out of my mind but my realm" she wrote in her biography, Life Itself) and Ferriday, Louisiana.

    A Different Stripe:

  • Other recent books you can pick up on the cheap for a bit longer: Sylvia Townsend Warner's romantic, beautiful, enthralling lesbian love story set during the French revolution of 1848, Summer Will Show, and our two Elaine Dundy novels, including her roman-à-clef follow-up to The Dud Avocado, The Old Man and Me.

    Catch-all for 8.4.09

  • In 1958 Elaine Dundy won rapturous praise for The Dud Avocado, a sparkling novel about the cultural and romantic adventures of a young American in France.

    2009 December 07 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Groucho Marx wrote to Dundy to praise The Dud Avocado: “It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm).”

    2009 December 07 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Furthermore: More about Dundy appears in her New York Times obituary.

    2009 December 07 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Dundy doesn't make this clear, but in a charitable reading her argument might refer to young Presley's early choice to wear sideburns longer than the average, with the result that his hair looked somewhat like Freddy's.

    The Elvis Presley-Captain Marvel, Jr., Meme

  • TOMORROW: So what evidence led Dundy to focus on Captain Marvel, Jr.?

    The Elvis Presley-Captain Marvel, Jr., Meme

  • I doubt Dundy knew much about comic-book superheroes, American or British.

    Captain Marvel, Jr., Meets the Post Hoc

  • But Dundy never cites any interviews or documents as evidence for that connection.

    Archive 2009-01-01


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