Between 1974 and 1987, former CIA operative Edward Whittemore (1933–1995)
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
Anne Sydenham's Jerusalem
Dreaming, an appreciation of the writings of Edward Whittemore.
Secret History of Our Time - by Paul Di Fillipo, an article in the
Washington Post Book World, December 15, 2002 (last section of
"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