Friday, September 05, 2014

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Benjamin Morse, M. D. (Lawrence Block), The Sexually Promiscuous Female, Monarch, 1963

8 comments:

Karin said...

Isn't it illegal, or at least immoral, to misrepresent yourself as an MD?

Bill Crider said...

Block and Robert Silverberg (I believe) both wrote several books as M.D.s. I don't think anybody cared at the time.

Stephen Mertz said...

Model certainly doesn't look very promiscuous. The body language says, "Oooooh, get that thing away from me."

Bill Crider said...

You're right, Steve. She looks the opposite of what the title promises.

Lawrence Block said...

Not illegal, Karin. Illegal to diagnose or prescribe. As to the morality, I'll leave that to others to decide. The editor,Charles "Mad Dog" Heckelmann of Monarch Books, never had to trouble his pretty head over the subject, as he was led to believe that Benjamin Morse, MD, was in fact the pen name of a Chicago physician named Morton A. Benjamin. Still, it was with some relief that I gave up my medical degree and took up the more fitting guise of John Warren Wells.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks for clearing that up. I should've remembered it from your memoirs.

JWW presented some quite interesting case histories, all right.

Karin said...

Thanks for responding to my question, Mr. Block. When I said "you," I never dreamt the real you would read it. What an astounding range of writing you have published over the years. I'm a fan of the burglar and Scudder books.

Todd Mason said...

Meanwhile, it wouldn't Do for the intended audience of such a book for the cover model to actually be enjoying her promiscuity...that would be Scawy. Instead, you're supposed to be lovingly concerned over her Bad Choices, while Certainly Allowed to fantasize, to whatever degree of fervor you choose, over taking advantage of her Unfortunate Weakness. Meanwhile, legs, and an adorable sulk.