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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

  • The Vale of Laughter, Little, Brown, 1967
  • Mrs. Wallop, Little, Brown, 1970
  • Into Your Tent I'll Creep, Little, Brown, 1971
  • Forever Panting, Little, Brown, 1973
  • Madder Music, Little, Brown, 1977
  • Consenting Adults; or, The Duchess Will Be Furious, Little, Brown, 1980
  • Sauce for the Goose, Little, Brown, 1981
  • Slouching towards Kalamazoo, Little, Brown, 1983
  • The Prick of Noon, Little, Brown, 1985
  • Peckham's Marbles, Putnam, 1986

Selected Titles At Your Library

Forever panting /
ISBN: 0140061886. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. Harmondsworth, Middelsex, England ;. 1982, ©1973.

Madder music /
ISBN: 0140061339. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. [New York] :. [1982], ©1977.

A comedy about a man unfitted for either marriage or adultery.

Consenting adults, or, The duchess will be furious /
ISBN: 0140058338. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York, N.Y. :. 1981.

Sauce for the goose /
ISBN: 0140062815. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 1982, ©1981.

Slouching towards Kalamazoo /
ISBN: 0140070702. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. Harmondsworth, Middlesex ;. 1984, ©1983.

Anthony Thrasher is a fifteen-year-old underachiever who simply cannot grasp the mundane realities of the eighth grade. While under the tutelage of his free-spirited teacher Miss Maggie Doubloon (she has the audacity to assign The Scarlet Letter to her class), Tony suddenly finds himself a father. Miss Doubloon leaves town wearing a large "A+" emblazoned on her T-shirt and returns to her hometown of Kalamazoo. Following Maggie and their illegitimate son, Ahab, Tony meet Bubbles Breedlove -- Ahab's buxom, virginal nursemaid -- and falls madly in love with her.

The Mackerel Plaza /
ISBN: 0140086854. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1986.