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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

John P. Marquand: Selected full-text books and articles

John P. Marquand By John J. Gross Twayne Publishers, 1963
H. M. Pulham, Esquire By John P. Marquand Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1941
B. F.'s Daughter By John P. Marquand Little, Brown & Company, 1946
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry By 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 By Whit Burnett Dial Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "John P. Marquand: Why He Selected 'Last Days of a Bostonian' " begins on p. 359
The Writer Observed By Harvey Breit World Publishing, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "J. P. Marquand" begins on p. 47
Writers and Writing By 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 By 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 By Orville Prescott Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Satirists: Waugh, Marquand"
The Roosevelt Era By 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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