Ed, congratulations, you picked up a lot of winners, including the two
Prathers and the Marlowe. Prather is ridiculously underappreciated.
The fate of humorists... I think Twain complained about this. Consider
that during Twain's lifetime they gave Nobel prizes to writers that
basically suck! You have given me the impetus to reread some Prather.
I am missing a few of his books. I should do something about that.
With Marlowe have just picked up a few things I found, no thorough
treatment. I have found him uneven, even unpredictable.
Now, speaking of paperbacks, I have a Whittington gap. Which are the
essential ones? I know that Bill Crider is very fond of this writer
and I think I should read more by him. Only Bill could create a
funeral home owner who has a big library of original paperbacks and
talks about them at the slightest provocation. If I remember
correctly, said funeral type was named Ballinger. Mmmmm...
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