John P. Marquand

Marquand, John Phillips

John Phillips Marquand (mär´kwänd), 1893–1960, American novelist, b. Wilmington, Del., grad. Harvard, 1915. Most of Marquand's gently satirical novels examine life among the rich and socially prominent of New England. Often they concern people too hidebound by money or tradition to change their lives for the better. He first won popularity with a series about a Japanese detective, "Mr. Moto," which ran in the Saturday Evening Post. His reputation as a novelist was established with The Late George Apley (1937, Pulitzer Prize) about a conservative Bostonian. Among his other novels are Wickford Point (1939), H. M. Pulham, Esquire (1941), So Little Time (1943), Point of No Return (1949), Melville Goodwin, U S A (1951), and Life at Happy Knoll (1957).

See study by J. Gross (1963).

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John P. Marquand
John J. Gross.
Twayne Publishers, 1963
H. M. Pulham, Esquire
John P. Marquand.
Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1941
B. F.'s Daughter
John P. Marquand.
Little, Brown & Company, 1946
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "John P. Marquand" begins on p. 279
America's 93 Greatest Living Authors Present This Is My Best: Over 150 Self-Chosen and Complete Masterpieces, Together with Their Reasons for Their Selections
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "John P. Marquand: Why He Selected 'Last Days of a Bostonian' " begins on p. 359
Contemporaries
Alfred Kazin.
Little, Brown, 1962
The Writer Observed
Harvey Breit.
World Publishing, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "J. P. Marquand" begins on p. 47
Writers and Writing
Robert Van Gelder.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946
Cavalcade of the American Novel: From the Birth of the Nation to the Middle of the Twentieth Century
Edward Wagenknecht.
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Two Kinds of Novelist: Steinbeck and Marquand" begins on p. 438
In My Opinion: An Inquiry into the Contemporary Novel
Orville Prescott.
Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Satirists: Waugh, Marquand"
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
The Roosevelt Era
Milton Crane.
Boni and Gaer, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "John P. Marquand: Really Simple Fellows, Just Like You or Me" begins on p. 511
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