ADDRESS UNKNOWN by Kathrine Kressman Taylor


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This slim epistolary novella began life as a piece in Story magazine in 1938, when its author, a young woman appalled by the isolationism of some of her friends, sought to expose the truth of Nazi ideology. When Reader’s Digest reprinted it, despite a no-fiction policy, Taylor’s story became a cause célèbre, a work of propaganda on an artistic plane with Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In recent years, European translations, in countries where it was banned by the Nazis, have sold well, and now Taylor’s son introduces this new edition in honor of his mother, who died in 1996 at the age of 93. Back in 1939, Kirkus marveled at this tale of two business friends—one an American Jew, one of German descent who returns to the homeland. Taylor’s “restrained and unemotional manner” reveals the latter’s “insidious absorption” into Nazism. Kirkus was suitably blunt: “There is not one wasted word . . . . An amazing piece of writing.”

Pub Date: April 10th, 2001
ISBN: 0-7434-1271-0
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Washington Square/Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2001