Kings Back to Back: Whitey the Irrepressible Infests Europe
by Graham, Carroll and Garrett
New York: The Vanguard Press. Good. 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket, but see note) [moderately worn copy, spine cloth faded, two short tears in cloth at top of spine, slight bumping at all corners, spine a little turned, light dust-soiling to top edge]. Third (and by far the scarcest) of the brother-authors' novels devoted to the amoral (sorry, irrepressible) ex-newspaperman and booze-hound "Whitey," first unleashed on readers (and Hollywood) in their notorious 1930 book "Queer People." Having caroused his way through the movie colony in the first book, and Manhattan in the second ("Whitey"), there wasn't much left but to send him to Europe, where he encounters such characters as Sonia Varon, a movie star concealing her pregnancy from her producer; Seniorita Francisca Ortiz, who's in love with Whitey, all 220 pounds of her; Prime Minister Zmiythe, dictator of Gandonia; and various potentates, gangsters, and bartenders. Note that my scanned image shows the book's first inside page, NOT the front of the dust jacket (which is NOT present) -- although it's a safe assumption that the two illustrations were identical. (Every copy of this book that I've ever seen has been bound in this fashion, as was at least one of the brothers' later novels; it must've been in their contract!) . (Inventory #: 14363)
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