Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Happy birthday, Frank G. Slaughter
It is the birthday of prolific Florida novelist Frank G. Slaughter (1908), who wrote 56 books that sold more than 60 million copies. He wrote while he was a surgeon at Jacksonville’s Riverside Hospital but eventually left to devote full time to writing. Slaughter’s books were never considered literary achievements but they were widely read and immensely popular. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings met him once while she was a hospital patient. She told him he should to stick to surgery. His first book, That None Should Die (1941), gave a young surgeon’s view of socialized medicine. It was a bestseller in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. Many of Slaughter’s books were set in Florida. Among them was Fort Everglades (1951), which was set in a fort on the Miami River during the Second Seminole War. It served as the basis for the 1951 Gary Cooper film Distant Drums. The film swiped scenes from the book but the studio didn’t buy the movie rights until a suit was filed after the film was made.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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