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Sixties Novels, Part 41


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THE NIGHTCLERK, Stephen Schenck, Grove, 1965.

Perhaps the most memorable thing about this entry in our series is the great cover by Frank Springer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Springer

This book represents the author's debut novel which won a big literary prize and appears to have been a minor flavor-of-the-month sensation.

Here's one fellow's disappointing experience trying to read this faded absurdist satire:

http://www.trashfiction.co.uk/nightclerk.html

Apparently, though, the book retains some fans, as seen here:

http://invisionfree.com/forums/thefall/ar/t16185.htm

In any case, Schneck's early triumph was prime setup for a letdown.

His next book, NOCTURNAL VAUDEVILLE, didn't appear until 1971, and apparently dropped with a thud.

So he turned to scripting forgettable movies and TV shows:

http://imdb.com/name/nm0773652/

And he died early, at age 63.

http://www.answers.com/topic/stephen-schneck

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117466044.html?categoryid=25&cs=1

Today, you can have a first edition of THE NIGHTCLERK for $3.94 on ABEBOOKS.

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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