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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Peter DeVries  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: February 27, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: September 28, 1993 in Norwalk, Ct.

-- Peter DeVries on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

DeVries was born in Chicago and studied at Northwestern.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peter DeVries was an editor and novelist known for his satiric wit.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Vale of Laughter

Bantam. 1967

Forever Panting
ISBN: 0140061886

Penguin Books. 1982

While struggling to hold on to his sanity, Stew Smackenfelt, a former Dutch Reformed Calvinist, becomes infatuated with his mother-in-law

Madder Music
ISBN: 0140061339

Penguin Books. 1982

Middle-aged, middle-class writer Bob Swirling copes with his puritanical upbringing, his repressed emotions and hostilities, his lack of self-confidence, and his imagined terminal illness by retreating into the identity of Groucho Marx

Consenting Adults: Or, The Duchess Will Be Furious
ISBN: 0140058338

Penguin Books. 1981

Ted Peachum's increasingly erotic involvement with police woman Kathy Arpeggio, sumptuous brewery heiress Snooky von Sickle, and his best friend's virginal younger sister climaxes in a riotous hotel affair with the Peppermint Sisters--triplets

Sauce for the Goose
ISBN: 0140062815

Penguin Books. 1982

While studying sexual harassment in business offices, undercover feminist Daisy Dobbin ironically falls in love with the boss of "Metropole" magazine, one of the companies she is researching

Slouching Towards Kalamazoo (Import)
ISBN: 0140070702

Penguin Books. 1984

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Thrasher follows his free-spirited tutor, Miss Maggie Doubloon, and their illegitimate son, Ahab, to Kalamazoo where he meets Bubbles Breedlove, Ahab's virginal nursemaid, and falls in love with her

The Prick of Noon
ISBN: 0140086854

Penguin Books. 1986

Eddie Teeters is simultaneously pursued by three would-be wives and a federal agent who wants Eddie convicted on obscenity charges for his part in a series of explicit sex-counseling videotapes

Peckham's Marbles
ISBN: 1423358430

Brilliance Audio. 2008

If you've never experienced the delightful contemporary humor of Peter DeVries, here's your chance. If you are a fan, then you know just to relax and listen to another of his stories of laughter and human vulnerability.