Thorne Smith Madness in Magazines

Magazines were fond of publishing Thorne Smith even years after his death.

A few of you may remember how Playboy reprinted self-contained chapters or excerpts from Thorne's novels. Editor Ray Russell wisely used these pieces in the early, formative years to associate Playboy with the success of Thorne's saucy, sexy humor.

Other excerpts from novels were used in publications such as Encore, Golden Book, and Dream World, while Reader's Digest used a quote from a novel twice for it's "Toward More Picturesque Speech" feature.

Below is a listing of titles:

Sex, Love, and Mr. Owen (in Dream World)

A Horse in Father's Bed (in Encore)

A Horse in the Bed (in Golden Book)

The Adventures of Hector (in Playboy)

The Boss's Breeches (in Playboy)

I have copies of these items and will be adding their covers very soon. Plus I will be adding separate pages for each title and explain what novel each excerpt came from and whether it differs from the original text.


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