About Alvah’s Books

Blacklisted Novelist and Screenwriter, Spanish Civil War Veteran, and Radical, Alvah Bessie Blacklisted Novelist and Screenwriter, Spanish Civil War Veteran, and Radical, Alvah Bessie

 

Alvah’s Books is  a book review site. The name of this site is a tribute to that cantankerous novelist, radical, Spanish Civil War veteran, and “Hollywood Ten” screenwriter Alvah Bessie.

As a young man, Bessie had theatrical ambitions, but once he realized that he wouldn’t make it on Broadway, he wrote the following:

“I had spent four years getting exactly nowhere on the New York stage; unless you consider a six-month case of gonorrhea somewhere. I had somehow acquired 1,000 books (mainly by theft, I’m sure) during my four years in high school, four in college, and another four on the stage, and I decided that there was only one thing for me to do; I would sell the books for one dollar apiece and go to Paris–to write. And that is what I did.”

To Alvah and his one thousand books.

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Victor Chimenti May 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi Rebecca,

Nice site. Very professional, totally solid. Sorry I haven’t stumbled in here earlier, I’ll keep it on my roll.

VC

Rebeca May 11, 2009 at 11:18 am

Hi Victor,

Hope you pop in often and leave lots of comments!

RS

Barry Basden May 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Well, you’ve certainly piqued my interest in Bessie, Rebeca. I just bought a copy of what he wrote while slogging through the combat zone. Can’t wait.

Barry

Rebeca May 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

That’s terrific! I hope you enjoy it!

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