William Anthony Parker White (1911-1968) is perhaps best known as one of the founding editors of the
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He was a distinguished book reviewer (for the
New York Times and Herald-Tribune) and did much to raise literary standards for SF,
both as an editor and critic. He wrote fiction under the name Anthony Boucher.
The Compleat Boucher Table of Contents
Review: The Compleat Boucher
||A review by Peter D. Tillman|
William Anthony Parker White (1911-1968) wrote fiction under the name Anthony Boucher.
The wry, literate, understated and still very readable stories
collected here were mostly written between 1940 and 1952.
It's a collection to be read a story or two at a time, or at least that's how I read it. Boucher's
best stories -- "The Quest for St. Aquin"; "The Compleat Werewolf"; "Snulbug"; "They Bite"; "The Star Dummy" -- have entered the permanent
science fiction and fantasy repertoire and will be familiar to
most, umm... 'mature' readers. I would urge younger readers, who could
hardly be expected to buy on a collection of half-century old stories by someone they've barely heard of,
to borrow the collection from a public library, and try (at least) the stories listed above. As in any complete
collection, there are minor works here too, though I found all of them at least readable (by contrast to, for example, the
Cyril Kornlbuth or the Charles Harness collections also done by NESFA press). And few will be able to resist the charms of:
Copyright © 2000 by Peter D. Tillman
"I am the very model of a modern SF editor.
As always, NESFA books are a pleasure to read and hold: smooth, creamy paper, solid, full-cloth bindings, and
a lovely period cover (of "Wolfie" & Gloria) by Jane Dennis. I do wish, however, that the editor, Mann, had included
more biographical information about the author -- a page and a half seems skimpy.
My publisher is happy, as is each and every creditor.
I know the market trends and how to please the newsstand purchaser;
With agents and name authors my relations can't be courteouser.
In short, in manners monetary, social, and promotional,
I am the very model of a pro SF devotional."
Pete Tillman has been reading SF for better than 40 years now. He
reviews SF -- and other books -- for Usenet,
"Under the Covers",
and SF Site. He's a mineral exploration geologist
based in Arizona. More of his reviews are posted at