Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Tom Strong

Though only indirectly related, this story and the pee-book together remind me of the saga of Atlanta Nights, which you can read about here.

And the manuscript's available here. It is paradoxically well-worth reading, just for the sheer hilarity of the badness.


Great story, especially the fierce defense of fantasy and SF writers that extended to the donation of any and all royalties to a health care fund for same.

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