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"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost.   A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still."
—The New York Times

Thorne Smith is a master of urbane wit and sophisticated repartee. Topper, his best-known work, is the hilarious, ribald comedy on which the hit television show and movie (starring Cary Grant) were based.

It all begins when Cosmo Topper, a law-abiding, mild-mannered bank manager, decides to buy a secondhand car, only to find it haunted by ...

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Overview

"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost.   A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still."
—The New York Times

Thorne Smith is a master of urbane wit and sophisticated repartee. Topper, his best-known work, is the hilarious, ribald comedy on which the hit television show and movie (starring Cary Grant) were based.

It all begins when Cosmo Topper, a law-abiding, mild-mannered bank manager, decides to buy a secondhand car, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of its previous owners—the reckless, feckless, frivolous couple who met their untimely demise when the car careened into an oak tree. The ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life—and they commence a series of madcap adventures that leave Topper, and anyone else who crosses their path, in a whirlwind of discomfiture and delight.

As enchanting today as it was when first published in 1926, Topper has set the standard in American pop culture for such mischievous apparitions as those seen in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Heaven Can Wait, Beetlejuice, and Bewitched.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375753053
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 490,261
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thorne Smith was the author of nine novels, including The Night Life of the Gods, Topper Takes a Trip, and The Stray Lamb. He was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892 and died in 1934. Carolyn See is the author of nine books. Her latest novel is The Handyman.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Good

    Different than the movie. The dog was hilarious.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    A 5 Star Rating! Thorne is as funny today as he was when I first

    A 5 Star Rating! Thorne is as funny today as he was when I first read Topper as a teen in the 60's or when he wrote it in the 30's. He was truly creative and hilarious. I hit a 3 star by mistake, but I truly feel he earned a 5 star rating. I can't seem to correct it. So the 3 star rating was entered by mistake. Frustrating! If you haven't heard of Thorne Smith, I hope you decide to try his books. Enjoy reading the original that inspired 2 Topper movies and a tv series. If you do, you're going to want to read as many of his books as you can find!

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