Posted by Pat Bryan on July 28, 2008 at 13:14:30 from 188.8.131.52:
In Reply to: Re: complete works posted by SHARON DUNN on July 27, 2008 at 21:31:30:
As you say, Portrait of A Gentleman In Colours is a promotional book for the Berger Paint Company. I have no information about the details of Farnol's arrangements which led up to his doing this, but I suspect that he was approached by his publishers, Sampson Low, on behalf of the Berger company, to write and lend his name to the first half of the book, as they also employed Brock, his usual illustrator to do the frontispiece and jacket cover. It all contrasts rather strangely with the tight-ass photos of the current management and the pictures of the factories, doesn't it? Farnol also wrote the introduction to Hove, a tourism booklet about the town. He seems to have been quite willing to do this - in fact, I have a manuscript copy of a poem he wrote extolling the virtues of Shredded Wheat which he hoped to sell to the company during his early days in the U.S.
What are the inscriptions on your two signed copies - are they inscribed to your father? My own copy of A Book for Jane is also mint, with the original dust cover; I bought it, together with Some War Impressions and two or three other titles, for about $10 from someone who, unlike you, didn't appreciate what their father had left them!
A number of Farnol's books had different titles in the US - usually because his US publishers thought that his original title might not resonate with US buyers. Murder by Nail, for instance, is called Valley of Night in the US, and Farnol himself admitted that this was probably a much better title. Because his biggest success, The Broad Highway, was a three word title, he tried to stick with three word titles for all his books; those where he didn't seemed not to sell as well, so maybe he was onto something:-)
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