“Summer of ’42” out Hoaxes “The War of the Worlds”


“Summer of 42”
Tea and Sympathy
Herman Raucher

How to Cite

Swan, George Steven. 2019. ““Summer of ’42” Out Hoaxes ‘The War of the Worlds’: A Multimedia Fairy-Tale Out-Barnum Orson Welles”. Brolly 2 (2):31 - 52. https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/brolly/article/view/1193.


The film Summer of ’42, produced from Herman Raucher’s screenplay, and his novel created from it both won wild popularity. The debate arose about their Raucher-alleged autobiographical content. Elements such as (1) imaginable vulnerability of principals to pay civil damages to an actual widow portrayed as fornicatrix-statutory rapist; (2) misrepresenting World War II battleground Kiska, Alaska; (3) numerous, conspicuous anachronisms; plus (4) delivery following profitable filming of adult-on-minor sexual plots of Robert Anderson’s play Tea and Sympathy and Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, combine to suggest the 1971 pure fiction followed by authorial “autobiography-hoax”. Elizabeth Kolbert invokes Robert Wilson’s August 2019 biography Barnum: An American Life to recall Americans traditionally welcome hoaxer-entertainers, e.g., nineteenth-century empresario-legend Phineas T. Barnum.