The Arrangement: an Elia Kazan production in novel form

The Arrangement is The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit without any clothes on. Elia Kazan’s story gets off to a fast and sordid start. The Arrangement: A Novel by Elia Kazan Stein and Day, 1967, 544 p. My grade: C+. “Indispensible Eddie” Anderson, an advertising executive (also known as Evans Arness, muckraking magazine writer, […]

The Hucksters empty tale of empty life

As World War II winds down, Victor Norman resigns his military propaganda job. A New York ad agency hires him to handle the Beaute Soap account. The Hucksters by Frederic Wakeman Rinehart, 1946. 307 p. 1946 bestseller # 5. My Grade: C-. Beaute Soap CEO Evan Evans, is a cruel, controlling, old coot whose only […]