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A Week in Literary History

June 27th, 2002

American novelist Richard Bissell (Good-bye, Ava, 1960) is born in 1913 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Richard Bissell, b. June 27, 1913 d. 1977

Bissell’s a minor writer, one supposes, but nevertheless a very enjoyable one. His 1953 novel 7½ Cents became the Broadway musical The Pajama Game, but his real contribution was his series of novels depicting life on the Mississippi River, all of them very funny and extremely well written.

Suggested Reading Novels A Stretch on the River, 1950. 7½ Cents, 1953. High Water, 1954. Good Bye, Ava, 1960.  Non-fiction Life on the Mississippi: or, Why I Am Not Mark Twain, 1973.

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