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In an Afterword written for this new edition, Donald Ogden Stewart recalls the circumstances surrounding the writing of this book. By 1924 George H. Doran Company had published three books by Stewart. In the spring of 1924 he went to Paris and resided at the Hotel Montparnasse on the Left Bank. There his thoughts turned to another book, something on the theme of Alice in Wonderland or even the antics of the Marx Brothers, he thought. There emerged Mr. and Mrs. Haddock and their daughter Mildred.
As for Mr. and Mrs. Haddock and their daughter Mildred, if they had informed Donald Ogden Stewart, author of Perfect Behavior (a book on etiquette), of their intentions of going abroad there would not have been a book about their imperfect behavior. And Mr. Stewart would have missed out on the opportunity of setting down events as, if, and when occurring to this Midwestern American family.
But Mr and Mrs Haddock Abroad is more than a period piece or even a perfect example of Donald Ogden Stewart’s humor; it is the classic story of a Midwestern family traveling abroad for the first time, whose broad similarities of experience to that of many another American family provides the perfect parody.
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Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0809307316
Book Description Southern Illinois University Press, 1975. Condition: New. Herb Roth (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0809307316
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0809307316