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"Gadzooks, Quoth I"
Airdate: Wednesday - August 8, 1956

I, Libertine

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The racks of lurid paperbacks in the drugstores and stations across the country have long been providing for the buyer and the browser the stuff that dreams are made of: but now a book is to appear that is made of the stuff of dreams - the waking dreams of the night owls. The story begins with a "disc jockey," a radio announcer who runs a one-man programme of recorded music and personal monologues in the deepest hours of the night. One day it appears, he went to buy a book he thought he had heard of - and was told it did not exist. That "an index card, a printed list" should have more validity than a person rankled; he insisted that there was such a book, but another list confuted him. So he spoke to his "night people" about it, to the cab drivers on the late shift, the soda jerks in the "all night fountains," the watchmen and the insomniacs, to all the people who listened to his programme, and he told them that the "day people" were pushing them around - why shouldn't there be such a book? Go and ask for it, he said, and let's call it "I, Libertine" and say it is written by Frederick R. Ewing. BOOKSHOPS ASKED So bookshops all over the country began to be asked for "I, Libertine" ("by a fellah called Ewing"), and the publishers began to think that maybe they were wrong - if there was not such a book on their lists, there should be. With the title already provided it was not difficult to do the rest a period novel, certainly, a dash of Farnol and a splash of Amber "turbulent! Turgid! Tempestuous!" The blurbs almost wrote themselves. And next month "I, Libertine" will appear. The cover has already been shown; a tricorn hat on the hero, in the background a decollete heroine, and a sample from the dialogue - "Gadzooks, quoth I, but there'sa saucy bawd!"
Jean Shepherd is not referred to by name in this article.
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August 08,1956
London Times - I Libertine

Courtesy: Pete Delaney

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