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Rediscovered Classics


320 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.99 (CA $22.99) (US $16.99)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9780912777467

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (May 2018)


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From the author of Auntie MameGenius is a hilarious satire of filmmaker Orson Welles

Following in the tradition of Auntie Mame, in 1962 bestselling author Patrick Dennis turned his wicked satirical pen on the insane world of fictional director Leander Starr. Rumored to be based on legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Starr proves to be outrageous and memorable in this glamorous comedy of errors. Fleeing the IRS, creditors, and jilted lovers, Starr holes up in a Mexico City apartment, Casa Ximenez, with his faithful valet, Alistair St. Regis. To his surprise, the proprietor is none other than Catalina Ximinez, the leading lady in Starr’s early masterpiece, Yucatán Girl. By accident or intent, others soon descend on Casa Ximenez—Starr’s ex-wife, his estranged socialite daughter, a shady Mexican film producer, a tax collector who has chased Starr around the world, and a dim young widow sitting on a fortune in laxative stock. Starr concocts a plan to distract them all, and possibly stage a comeback: an abbreviated epic covering the history of Mexico titled Valley of the Vultures. This fresh edition of Dennis’s uproarious novel is joined by a long-lost short story of Leander Starr, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Railway Station,” which appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine of Books, as well as a new afterword by the author’s son.


"A continuous riot"—San Francisco Chronicle

"Zany"—New York Times Book Review

"Irresistible"—Boston Globe

"Wild, imaginative"—Chicago Tribune

"Wonderfully wacky"—Detroit Free Press

"Dennis writes with illustration and structure that lets him catch you before you even know that you’re caught."—Windy City Times

"Such a funny book!...It is perfect summer entertainment."—The San Francisco Book Review

Author Biography

Patrick Dennis the pen name of Edward Everett Tanner III. A celebrated author, and the fictional narrator of Auntie Mame and Little Me, Dennis wrote 16 novels in all, many becoming longtime bestsellers.