A Reader's Guide to Unfamiliar Literature
Browse Authors by Last Name A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
username password

Forgot username or password? Not a member yet? Registration is free.


Add work

Recommend a title for bookclub

Click on a title to read other users' comments or to post your own comment:

A Good Place To Start

Jerusalem Poker 1

A Bad Place To Start

Jericho Mosaic 1


add genre

Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Edward Whittemore (1933 - 1995)

added by crankyrobot


post a new comment

Please consider recommending where to begin reading this author, or where not to. A few words about your experiences reading this author and why you make the recommendations you do will be helpful to other users. If you are the author or have studied this author extensively, please say so.

crankyrobot January 29th, 2006 03:41 PM PST

Start with "Jerusalem Poker". It's the second book in a four-book series, but it sets the whole thing up admirably. Then read them in order.

"Quin's Shanghai Circus" is a good standalone book, and has all the standard Whittemore emotional tides within it.

The "Jerusalem Quartet" covers a lot of ground, namely a couple hundred years of magical-realist thriller-history of Jerusalem and all the people who impinge upon it from elsewhere. It's a love song to the city, and is like very compassionate, poignant Pynchon.


Please consider entering an additional brief biography here. You can Google this author by clicking here.

add biography

Edward Whittemore was born in 1933 and grew up in Maine, USA. He went to Yale, then joined the Marines and was recruited by the CIA in the 1960s. Over the next two decades he worked undercover as a newspaper man in Japan and the Middle East, and lived in Jerusalem. All this is reflected in his four-volume set of novels "The Jerusalem Quartet". Whittemore died penniless in 1995, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer while working in a law office running a copy machine. Then, of course, he was rediscovered by the critics and has been called America's "best unknown novelist". All of his five major novels were re-released by Old Earth Books in 2003.

See complete bios...