by Mark Dorset
Rodger Pardee writes:
It was with an odd little shock of recognition that I read
“Call Me Larry”
and recognized Rick Brant as the inspiration for Larry Peters—right down
to the illustration for “The Shapely Brunette.” It’s more than nostalgia
that would create this kind of affectionate parody . . . of juvenile fiction.
. . .
is comforting, when one feels a bit “lost,” to be able to put one’s feet
up, close one’s eyes, and look back, as it were, along the road that one
followed from wherever one once was to wherever one may be now, to “retrace
one's steps,” and find, along that roadside, familiar milestones. It is
certainly comforting for me; for if I am feeling a bit “lost,” when I begin
such a backward ramble, I am often lost during it as well, wandering on
someone else’s road, or backing out of a cul-de-sac, and it is always a
great relief to come upon one of these milestones, or, if you prefer, landmarks.
— Peter Leroy, “My Mother Takes a Tumble”have in mind two sorts of cross reference — one concerned with words and the other with things.
— Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia
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A Topical Guide to the Complete Peter Leroy (so far) is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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Portions of A Topical Guide to the Complete Peter Leroy (so far) were first published by Voyager, Inc., as part of The Complete Peter Leroy (so far).
The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.
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