Elaine Dundy

Elaine Dundy (1921–2008) grew up in New York City and Long Island. After graduating from Sweet Briar College in 1943 she worked as an actress in Paris and, later, London, where she met her future husband, the theater critic Kenneth Tynan. Dundy wrote three novels, The Dud Avocado (1958), The Old Man and Me (1964), and The Injured Party (1974); a play, My Place (produced in 1962); biographies of Elvis Presley and the actor Peter Finch; a study of Ferriday, Louisiana; and a memoir, Life Itself!

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    The Old Man and Me

    In Elaine Dundy’s follow-up to her best-selling The Dud Avocado, a young American named Honey Flood arrives in London with the goal of seducing its brightest literary star. “A witty black comedy of errors.”—Gore Vidal

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    The Dud Avocado

    Elaine Dundy’s hilarious novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s. “A delightful few hours of sparkling reading entertainment. Summing up: Froth and frolic.” —Newsweek