Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How old?

This morning I found this author photo, on a dustjacket from 1939:

28? In today's youth-obsessed society, where programmes like Ten Years Younger are more popular than the news, this look seems a little eccentric, but it appears that in 1939, 30 was the new 40.

I don't know if the book's any good, but the cover is superb:

9 comments:

Rob Spence said...

He's Gussie Fink-Nottle isn't he?

Martin H. said...

Strangely, even in light of what you say, there are still undergrads who attempt to cultivate a similar appearance. I say, go for the full set man. All that trimming and shaving eats into your writing time.

Have to agree, that's a great cover illustration.

Brian Busby said...

A relative of thirteen-year-old D. Greaves of Middleton, Lancashire, perhaps.

D. Greaves? You'll remember his award-winning 1/16-scale four-masted baroque, which was featured in this very blog.

Steerforth said...

Definitely related to D. Greaves, with Fink-Nottle as style consultant. Author photos weren't that common in 1939, so why pick him?

Martin, my wife would agree with you. She hates fussy beards. However, if I had one, I'd prefer the Master to Grizzly Adams.

Kári Tulinius said...

With a look like that I'll bet he was the hippest frood around. The fashionwear of today is the fuddy-duddy duds of tomorrow.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

He was probably 48 but lying about his age so no one asked him why it had taken so long to produce his first novel.

Either that or he'd had a hard life of manual graft.

The Parrot said...

The cover looks vaguely fascistic in a Brave New World kind of way. I wonder if he's still alive?

Steerforth said...

A quick check on "Fantastic Fiction" reveals that he died in 1975, at the age of 65.

He was quite prolific in his later years:

The Wings of the Morning (1939)
Not In Our Stars (1949)
The Astrologer (1950)
Sylvester (1951)
aka 998
The Last Poor Man (1966)
The Death Lottery (1971)
The Final Agenda (1973)
Prince Habib's Iceberg (1974)
Morrow's Ants (1975)

David said...

So this is his centenary year!