Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jack Woodford


Jack Woodford was a pulp fiction writer (mostly published in the 1930's-1950's). He also wrote instructional writing books that helped serve as inspiration to people like Ray Bradbury and other well known authors. His books usually deal with young people and sexuality. They are fast paced easy to read books that never shy away from themes of homosexuality...although they might not be particularly PC by today's standards. I find his books quite enjoyable.

I recently read Illegitimate. It is about a well-off young woman in New York who is taken care of through unknown benefactors. It turns out she is the illegitimate child of a Presidential candidate. The book begins as she decides to give up her virginity even though she is fully aware that she is not in love. The rest of the books follow her sexual exploits and search for identity. She has a brief lesbian relationship and finally falls in love with a man who is depressed because he thinks he is bored with women and becoming a homosexual. The end of the novel has a fairly moral tone, suggesting that love is more empowering than meaningless sexual encounters. The characters are desperate and sometimes despicable in their actions. Still, they are sympathetic, particularly if you like to read about problems of the wealthy. I look forward to reading more books by this author.