Big Update 9-19-12

Small section of shelves in Don’s personal library

The project of rebuilding the Westlake bibliography continues and there are still a few surprises to be found. Yet another pseudonym has been uncovered but it mostly belongs to another author, Laurence Janifer (aka Larry Mark Harris). The title in question was very likely finished by Don when Harris was unable to meet his deadline. You can read about it on the book page for The Pleasures We Know (link below).

Also, new pages added for Alan Marshall titles and several new pages for early short stories, including what may be the first Westlake short stories in print from 1951! Three new full stories have been added, which you can find through the “Shorts” page. And many book pages have been updated with cover art from multiple editions, especially editions published outside the United States. Below is the list of new pages followed by the list of pages that have been recently updated. I hope you enjoy the discoveries as much as I do.

New Pages

The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution (short)
The Best-Friend Murder (short)
Anatomy of an Anatomy (short)
The Question (short)
Veronica (short)
My Father’s Chair (short)
Passion Doll
The Pleasures We Know
The Sin Losers
Sin Prowl

Updates

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All About Annette
All the Girls Were Willing
Backstage Love
The Busy Body
Campus Doll
Campus Lovers
The Fugitive Pigeon
A Girl Called Honey
The Handle
The Hunter
The Jugger
Killing Time
Killy
Man Hungry
The Man with the Getaway Face
The Mercenaries
The Mourner
The Outfit
Passion Doll
Pity Him Afterwards
Sally
The Score
The Seventh
The Sin Losers
Sin Prowl
Sinner or Saint
So Willing
Virgin’s Summer
The Wife Next Door
Young and Innocent

3 thoughts on “Big Update 9-19-12

  1. Hi Paul,

    Will more of your father’s erotic fiction (as Alan Marshall or Edwin West) be made available for e-readers through sites like Amazon.com and Fictionwise? I have enjoyed the ebook versions of Man Hungry, Campus Doll, and Young and Innocent (as well as the three written with Lawrence Block), and it’s nice to finally get these early works for affordable prices.

    You’ve been doing a wonderful job with the site, Paul. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you, Phil. Any feedback is appreciated but positive feedback makes my day!

      At the moment, there are no plans that I know of to do much of anything else with those titles. My father wasn’t particularly proud of them (though he should have been given his ability to wring genuine pathos out of such a low-brow genre!) and his widow feels much the same.

      I think it’s important to complete the Westlake catalog and acknowledge everything he created. Don’s career became a matter of historical record the day he died. And whether it’s us or some intrepid researcher in the future, the fullness of Don’s work will be known to the world one way or another. I’d rather be in control of that process than leave it to future generations but not everyone in my family agrees. So, for now, I think it’s safe to say that what you see is what you get… for now. 😉

      Thanks for the visit and the query.

      All the best,
      Pw

  2. Hi Paul,

    I was sad to read that your father died. His books gave me much pleasure, and I spent days laughing at the inept thieves he created. Humor is lacking in books as in movies. The great ones are all gone and I’m sure your Dad has Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon in stitches – the clouds they’re on are the ones that you see rocking back and forth when you look up. That’s them laughing.

    Congratulations on your new baby :-)

    I can imagine that it wasn’t easy having Don as your father, someone living in his mind, with stories getting in the way of a child’s concerns, but you must have had wonderful dinner conversations and hopefully much laughter at the antics of various characters (hopefully not based on real life people LOL).

    All the very best and thank you for creating this website!!!!

    Karen

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