That book--along with Go Ask Alice and a few other cautionary tales--was all OVER my junior high and high school, back in the early-mid seventies. I had no idea it dated back to 1963. Come to think of it, I don't remember anyone actually reading it; the mere idea of it was probably supposed to scare us into the straight and narrow.
That makes sense, 23 printings clearly indicates that it was a book that was given away in massive quantities.
I put it in the same category as "Sometimes God Has a Kid's Face," which I think came along much later and was mailed out in fundraising requests--I'm sure I received at least 3 copies of it in the 80s and early 90s. That one also featured a striking cover, as I recall. I find the whole phenomenon of free religious tomes--which surely includes the Dianetics books, too--fascinating.IMDB just confirmed my hunch that there was a Cross/Switchblade movie, too (Pat Boone! Erik Estrada!!), which I'm sure was also shown for free all over kingdom come.I don't mean to obsess about this particular book, but it was truly one of those touchstones of the 60s/70s that is largely forgotten today. Since I'm also very much a judge-the-book-by-its-cover guy, it always shocks/amuses me slightly when something like this pops up in your blog, where my response to it transcends the purely aesthetic/formal qualities of its packaging. (If that makes any sense.)
I remember "Sometimes God Has a Kid's Face,"I think it was mailed to my parent's house or left on our doorstep. The title has been bouncing around in my head for years, it's such an odd concept.I may have to seek out the Cross and the Switchblade movie!
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