Log of the S.S. the Mrs Unguentine

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Dalkey Archive Press
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5.4 X 7.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Ben Marcus, a former editor of Surfer magazine, has lived in Malibu since 1995. A native of Santa Cruz, Marcus finds Malibu hard to argue with and has researched and written about Malibu's history for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Malibu magazine, the Malibu Times, and Malibu Patch. Marcus finds Malibu a productive place to live and work and has written 13 books on subjects ranging from surfing to Las Vegas. Marc Wanamaker is a founding member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and is the owner of Bison Archives, a historical research resource, from which these images were drawn. His books for Arcadia Publishing include two-volume sets on historic Beverly Hills and Hollywood.


"No one captures the mind of a control freak like Stanley Crawford." -- Ed Park
"Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine is a captivating short work almost beyond description." -- Verlyn Klinkenborg
"I'll tell you a book I want to teach. Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford. It's out of print. How can a book like that be out of print? If I wrote that book and it went out of print, I just don't know what I would do. I'd have to call the police, I think." -- Deb Olin Unferth
No one captures the mind of a control freak like Stanley Crawford.
While Crawford's novel brings to mind the great literature of the sea (Moby-Dick, Mutiny on the Bounty, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"), he doesn't allude to it; he doesn't have to. Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine the book's most inelegant passage is its title is a brave and audacious novel whose style, structure, story and language come together like strands of hemp spliced into an intricate knot.
Like that second the in its title, Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine is a stubborn creation that demands attention, and that odd surname is right on the money: This formally seamless book stings and soothes, like the most potent ointment, applied to literature too content to play it far too safe.

"A captivating short work almost beyond description."-"The New Yorker"