Product Description In 1969, a group of reporters at Long Island Newsday decided to have some fun. They were appalled at the poor writing in the then-current bestsellers by Jacqueline Susann, Irving Wallace and Harold Robbins. They decided to have a contest to see who could write on an even lower level of tawdriness. Editor Mike McGrady directed the spinning of the plot. Then, twenty-four seasoned newsmen and newswomen each wrote one chapter. Fifteen chapters were selected, the plot smoothed out, and a great American hoax was on its way to being born. McGrady's sister-in-law assumed the nom-de-plume Penelope Ashe. The book was presented to a publisher as being written by a "demure Long Island housewife who thought she could write as well as J. Susann." Unbeknownst to the "author," the publisher was in on the secret. The book actually hit the New York Times bestseller list even before the hoax was uncovered by the Times. The hoax became an international story and the book became an international bestseller. Naked Came the Stranger became a huge mass-market hit and was made into a film which premiered at the same theatre that had introduced the world to Deep Throat. Not since Naked Came the Stranger has publishing experienced any hoax that came near to getting the sensational response and worldwide attention engendered by this one. And, to the surprise of all, the book is a delightfully entertaining read.
About the Author Penelope Ashe is a pseudonym for a cooperative effort that included twenty-four different authors. There are 19 surviving authors many of whom have since left Long Island and live across the country. Thirty-four years later many of the authors are still active journalists working for newspapers such as the New York Times and Newsday.
Journal Entry 2 by perryfran at North Ogden, Utah USA on Saturday, January 15, 2011
Journal Entry 3 by perryfran at North Ogden, Utah USA on Friday, January 21, 2011
Well, I think the authors succeeded in going to a lower level of tawdriness in this novel. I read this back in 1969 when it first came out and for a 19-year old, it seemed more than risque - very sexy and nasty! Rereading it now, it was just a series of sexual encounters that hammer you one after another. Not very original or sexy. And it is very dated - written during the heyday of hippies and falling out of society - especially the chapter about the homosexual and the attitudes of the time. Anyway, it is definitely a piece out of the past and probably should stay there!
Journal Entry 4 by perryfran at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines on Friday, January 21, 2011
Released 10 yrs ago (1/21/2011 UTC) at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines
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Sending to akosikulot in the Philippines to start this series of bookrays.
Journal Entry 5 by akosikulot at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Received yesterday, along with the two other Naked Came books in the ray. Let's start this ray! :)
Journal Entry 6 by akosikulot at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines on Friday, May 27, 2011
Journal Entry 7 by akosikulot at Given to the next BookCrosser on the list, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 27, 2011
Released 10 yrs ago (5/27/2011 UTC) at Given to the next BookCrosser on the list, Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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On its way to PJLBewdy in Australia - enjoy the book! :)