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Smith, Thorne: Oswald Biltmore (Illustrated). v1. 25 August 2012
By J. Thorne Smith (1892-1934), author of “Topper / The Jovial Ghosts,” “Topper Takes a Trip,” “The Night Life of the Gods,” “The Stray Lamb,” “Turnabout,” “The Glorious Pool,” etc.
Illustrations by Richard Dorgan (1892-1953).
Biltmore Oswald was published 1918.
This book is Public Domain in countries where copyright is Life+50, and in the USA.
Thorne Smith’s first book.
Before there was Popeye, Sad Sack, Beetle Bailey and Crock, there was Biltmore Oswald. This book is the compilation of a weekly series that Thorne Smith wrote for the naval journal “Broadside”. It’s the diary of Biltmore Oswald, a hapless naval recuit, and his day-to-day adventures during World War I.
Oswald, a naive innocent, finds himself in many a compromising situation: Showering in the hotel room of the wife of a murderous, jealous man; observing French men greeting each other with kisses, and being pursued by beautiful women, much to the displeasure of his sweetie, Polly.
This, Thorne Smith's first attempt at writing, proved to be quite successful for its time, yielding a sequel, “Out o’ Luck.”
—Review by James Choma at amazon.com
31 full-page illustrations by cartoonist Dick Dorgan. Embedded small-caps font. No text-wrapping. Inline ToC cross-linked to/from chapter breaks that I added to the book.
I came across this while I was doing the Edward Streeter “Letters to Mable” books. My late husband was career Navy, so I felt compelled to do this book. Amazing how many of the terms and customs still exist 100 years later! A delightfully daffy book. I hope you enjoy it.
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