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The Night Life of the Gods

(1931)
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Thorne Smith's rapid-fire dialogue, brilliant sense of the absurd, and literary aplomb put him in the same category as the beloved P. G. Wodehouse. The Night Life of the Gods--the madcap story of a scientist who instigates a nocturnal spree with the Greek gods--is arguably his most sparkling comedic achievement.
        Hunter Hawk has a knack for annoying his ultrarespectable relatives. He likes to experiment and he particularly likes to experiment with explosives. His garage-cum-laboratory is a veritable minefield, replete with evil-smelling clouds of vapor through which various bits of wreckage and mysteriously bubbling test tubes are occasionally visible.
        With the help of Megaera, a fetching nine-hundred-year-old lady leprechaun he meets one night in the woods, he masters the art (if not the timing) of transforming statues into people. And when he practices his new witchery in the stately halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art--
setting Bacchus, Mercury, Neptune, Diana, Hebe, Apollo, and Perseus loose on the unsuspecting citizenry of Prohibition-era New York--the stage is set for Thorne Smith at his most devilish and delightful.

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892, educated at Dartmouth, THORNE SMITH was an early cohort of Dorothy Parker's. He achieved literary success in 1926 with the publication of Topper and went on to publish nine novels in the next eight years. He earned a passionate following among both critics and readers before his death, at the age of forty-two, in 1934.

CAROLYN SEE is the author of nine books. Her latest novel is The Handyman. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Hardback Editions

September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-304-99786-3 / 978-1-304-99786-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lulu.com
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January 1978 : USA Hardback

Title: Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 0-89190-117-5 / 978-0-89190-117-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-5150-7706-3 / 978-1-5150-7706-0
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-4474-0335-5 / 978-1-4474-0335-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thackeray Press
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June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-60444-531-9 / 978-1-60444-531-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing.com
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September 2009 : USA Paperback

Title: Come Rack! Come Rope! (World Cultural Heritage Library)
Author(s): Robert Hugh Benson
ISBN: 1-4387-9698-6 / 978-1-4387-9698-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Business Pubns USA
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods (Dodo Press)
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-4065-9159-9 / 978-1-4065-9159-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dodo Press
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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 1-4068-0368-5 / 978-1-4068-0368-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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December 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 0-375-75306-0 / 978-0-375-75306-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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June 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
ISBN: 0-345-28726-6 / 978-0-345-28726-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
Publisher: eNet Press Inc.
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October 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE NIGHT LIFE OF THE GODS
Author(s): THORNE SMITH
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March 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Night Life of the Gods
Author(s): Thorne Smith
Publisher: Green Light
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