Thorne Smith: Satire and the Supernatural from the Roaring 20’s

Illustrations by Herb Roese surround a photo of Thorne Smith

Thorne Smith wrote towards the end of Prohibition until the opening years of the Great Depression and left behind one of the most delightful mirrors of contemporary American Life of the era. Thorne was a junior member of the Algonquin Round Table and a friend (maybe lover) of Dorothy Parker, but his books were considered outright scandalous despite their hilarity and popularity. Because of the outrageous nature of his stories, Thorne managed the distinction of being a best selling author that no one would admit to reading. Stephen Dare at Metro Jacksonville explores the legacy of Thorne Smith.