Down But Not Quite Out in Hollow-weird
- Publish Date: 1998-04-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Geoff Gehman
Eric Knight once dismissed biography as the bunk. Yet the internationally renowned author of Lassie-Come-Home and scores of movie reviews left a trail of letters that stretched over 6000 miles and many years which speak with their own distinctive voice about the life of this enigmatic writer. Eulogized as two hundred pounds of boiler under a thousand pounds of pressure, Knight first made his name known as a spunky film reviewer for The Public Ledger, a Philadelphia newspaper. In the 1920s and 30s, debates swirled around Knight and his daily column. He asked his readers to voice their opinion about assassinating Betty Boop in favor of the much more earthly Mae West. Knight predicted the death of over-packaged gaudy film experience, and championed the texture of silent black-and-white films over the colorful talkies (or squawkies as Knight termed them).
Knight brought films to his readers with personal anecdotes and champagne personality, converting anything and everything into newsprint, peppering an entire generation of young readers with reasons for loving film.