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By Richard Pike Bissell | Comments: ( 135 ) | Date: ( Sep 22, 2019 )

Novel made into THE PAJAMA GAME for stage and screen


  • Title: 7 1/2 Cents
  • Author: Richard Pike Bissell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Richard Pike Bissell

Richard Pike Bissell June 27, 1913 May 4, 1977 was an author of short stories and novels, playwright, business executive and riverboat pilot master He was best known for his river books, and for his novel 7 Cents, based on his experience in the garment industry, which he helped convert into Pajama Game, one of the most popular Broadway musical comedies of the 1950 s and made into a movie musical He wrote a book about the experience called Say, Darling, which chronicled the ins and outs of a broadway musical production this book was also turned into a musical of the same name.Bissell was born and died in Dubuque, Iowa The scion of a wealthy family he graduated from Harvard University, about which he wrote You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man After college Bissell had a brief adventure in the Venezuelan oil fields and then signed on as a seaman on an American Export Lines freighter In 1938 he married Marian Van Patten Grilk and returned to Dubuque, where they lived on a houseboat on the Mississippi River Bissell became a vice president in the H B Glover Company, a clothing manufacturer Turned down when he tried to enlist in the Navy during World War II, Bissell worked on towboats on the Ohio, Mississippi, Illinois, Tennessee, and Monongahela rivers Returning to Dubuque and Glover s after the war, he published articles on his riverboat experiences in such prestigious national magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Collier s, and Esquire.In 1950 Bissell published his first novel, A Stretch on the River, a largely autobiographical story whose nonstop dialogue portrayed the excitement, humor, and independence of a hard working steamboat crew on the upper Mississippi It was published to significant critical acclaim several commentators compared Bissell to Twain Both flattered and embarrassed by the frequent comparisons to Twain, Bissell addressed the issue with self deprecating humor in 1973 with the publication of My Life on the Mississippi, or Why I Am Not Mark Twain.I learned three quarters of what I know about writing from reading Richard Bissell, God bless him El Leonard



Comments 7 1/2 Cents

  • Sam Bissell

    It's difficult for me to offer an unbiased view of this great book since it was written by my Dad. That said, it actually is a very fun read on the doings and goings-on of a men's sleepwear factory in the Midwest in the late 1940s/early '50s. Our hero is new in town and has stepped into the Superintendent's shoes, which appear to have been filled recently by a continuous passage of frustrated supers who couldn't manage to keep the ship righted. Sid's love life is a key factor in the book and whi [...]


  • David

    Entertaining, wisecracking satire from the 1950s of trying to climb out of the union rank and file into management.The musical based on this book, as you might expect, takes the first 50 pages or so and runs off in a different direction. In Bissell's book the garment workers' strike for a 7-1/2 cent increase on piecework is settled in a completely different way, much less dramatically.A word of caution: anti-Semitic epithets were run of the mill in the period in which the book takes place.


  • Alan Hoffman

    Read this because I thought it would help understand "Pajama Game" and the lead character, Sid Sorokin. It didn't. Very dry book - he cheats on her, and unlike the movie, they leave the pajama industry at the end when he gets fed up.


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