Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hooks Hits: “The Boy Came Back”

Part of a series saluting artist-illustrator Mitchell Hooks.

The Boy Came Back, by Charles Knickerbocker (Popular Library, 1959). This novel, which “featured small-town scandals slightly reminiscent of the later Peyton Place,” plus “graphic sexual descriptions and profanity,” became a major source of controversy in Illinois during the last months of 1953.

You can see the reverse side of the cover featured above by clicking here. A previous, 1952 Popular Library edition (its cover artist unidentified) can be enjoyed at this link.

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