About the Book
A cult classic first published in 1968, this first novel by Greenan continues to defy classification. Described by the critics as "a magic spell of a book" and "an exuberant comedy" that is also "superbly macabre" the Wall Street Journal critic, Edmund Fuller summed it up in 1969: "Pity and terror mix with comedy; suspense with reverie. And a question haunts us: What happens, really? Where do events and the narrator’s mind part ways?" The result is a book has withstood time and been published internationally. Random House reissued it with a foreword by Jonathan Lethem for their Modern Library in 2003. This Blurb edition coincides with the production of an audiobook, narrated by Robert Fass, available from Blackstone Audio.
Russell H. Greenan was born in Manhattan in 1925 and reared in The Bronx. He attended New York public schools, graduating from Morris High in 1942. A year later, aged 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. After the war, the GI Bill enabled him to study world literature at Long Island University. In 1966 he left the US to spend a year in Nice with his wife and three children where he wrote his first novel IT HAPPENED IN BOSTON?. This novel has become a modern classic, translated into 5 languages and is included in Random House's Modern Library. Mr. Greenan's subsequent novels have been published in the US and France, and one of them, THE SECRET LIFE OF ALGERNON PENDLETON was made into a film in 1997. Though well into his eighties, Mr. Greenan continues to work. DREAD OF NIGHT is his latest work.