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Edward Whittemore

Between 1974 and 1987, former CIA operative Edward Whittemore (19331995) wrote Quin's Shanghai Circus and the Jerusalem Quartet, a surreal historical fantasy that won many plaudits but little renown for its author.  This remarkable epic set in the Middle East deserves a new generation of readers.  The new OEB editions come with introductions from John Nichols, Lesley Hazleton, Ben Gibberd, and Jim Hougan.

Publishers Weekly described Edward Whittemore as "America's best unknown novelist".

Anne Sydenham's Jerusalem Dreaming, an appreciation of the writings of Edward Whittemore.

A Secret History of Our Time - by Paul Di Fillipo, an article in the Washington Post Book World, December 15, 2002 (last section of the article)

"One of the best-kept secrets in American literature, the novels of the mysterious Edward Whittemore are like bowls of hashish pudding: rich, dark, tasty, amusing, intoxicating, revelatory, a little bit outlandish and little bit unsafe."

– Tom Robbins
Quin's Shanghai Circusby Edward Whittemore

Quin's Shanghai Circus (1974)

by Edward Whittemore

 

   
  Hypnotically written and packed with invention, Quin's Shanghai Circus has a profound sense of the Far East.
   

Order from PathwayPaper TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK • December 2002 • ISBN 1-882968-21-2 • $17.95

 

Sinai Tapestry (1977) — Book One of the Jerusalem Quartet by Edward Whittemore

Sinai Tapestry (1977) — Book One of the Jerusalem Quartet

by Edward Whittemore

 

   
  Tales of a blind man, written down by an imbecile.
   

Order from PathwayPaper TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK • December 2002 • ISBN 1-882968-22-0 • $17.95

Jerusalem Poker (1978) — Book Two of the Jerusalem Quartet

Jerusalem Poker (1978) — Book Two of the Jerusalem Quartet

by Edward Whittemore

 

   
  The Great Jerusalem Poker Game, as it came to be called, continued for twelve years — the stakes nothing less than the control of Jerusalem itself.
   

Order from PathwayPaper • December 2002 • ISBN 1-882968-23-9 • $19.95

Nile Shadows (1983) — Book Three of the Jerusalem Quartet

Nile Shadows (1983) — Book Three of the Jerusalem Quartet

by Edward Whittemore

 

   
  Storytelling in the grand manner, a novel about good and evil and their strange disguises, about love and the mysteries of time and the tragedy of war.
   

Order from PathwayPaper TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK • December 2002 • ISBN 1-882968-24-7 • $19.95

Jericho Mosaic (1987) — Book Four of the Jerusalem Quartet

Jericho Mosaic (1987) — Book Four of the Jerusalem Quartet

by Edward Whittemore

 

   
  Cairo in the 1940s and Damascus in the 1960s and Beirut in the 1970s, Jerusalem for three thousand years and Jericho for ten thousand.
   

Order from PathwayPaper TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK • December 2002 • ISBN 1-882968-255 • $17.95

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