Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 2002 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In the second installment of Tom De Haven's rollicking trilogy, the legendary and misanthropic cartoonist Walter Geebus is hospitalized with a mysterious ailment in 1936 New York. Did someone poison the bastard--again? Narrated by Al Bready, a lightning-fast author of pulp fiction, this screwball noir is populated by an unforgettable cast of characters, many of whom have good reason to despise Geebus. A wild and bittersweet look at the cutthroat world of professional cartooning, and peculiarly incisive look at Depression-era America.
 

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This is a book about nostalgia and caring - and it draws you in from the very beginning. Essentially, the narrator is telling the story of the importance of creation; of how it feels to put your ... Read full review

DERBY DUGAN'S DEPRESSION FUNNIES

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A good-natured romp through the New York newspaper world of the 1930s, by the whimsical author of such unconventional comic fiction as Freaks' Amour (1979)—and a previous novel about the joys and ... Read full review

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Contents

DERBY DUGANS DEPRESSION FUNNIES
I MEET HOWARD BLUM
8
NOT THAT JIMMIE RODGERS
23
JEWEL OF ST JOSEPHS
35
THE QUARREL
47
MY COMMIE FRIEND
55
JONES I THE PARLOR
75
THE BODY IN WALTERS BATHTUB
86
JEWELS BIG NEWS
167
VISITING HOUR
173
THE BLUMS OF WOODSTOWN
180
MORE BAD NEWS FOR HOWARD BLUM
189
NIGHT CALL
198
WALTER COMES HOME
206
TO BAYONNE AND BACK
215
HOWARDS CHOICE
235

ROWOBAT CATTAILS MOON
101
BLUM GETS THE WORD
107
SHARKEY AND LAUDERMILCH
118
THE SCOOP TUREEN
128
LYDECKER GRABS HIS HAT
153
CLARKY RECRUITS
161
THE ADVENTURES OF BUTCH BURLAP
243
THE PRESENTATION STRIOP
252
MY SISTER VISITS
267
THE END OF THE EVENING
273
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About the author (2002)

Tom De Haven is a frequent contributor to Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, he also teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Midlothian, Virginia.

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