J. Blue is a mysterious man. Charming and carefree, he goes from rags to riches after the inheritance of an unexpected fortune, only to forgo money and power for the love of Lady Poverty. This life of service leads him to embrace fully his Christian faith—loving the unlovable, instructing the ignorant, and remembering that it is by grace that we are saved. In this new edition of Myles Connolly’s 1928 novel, which features a special Preface by Connolly’s own daughter, readers can again encounter the mystery of “Mr. Blue.”
Stephen Mirarchi’s Introduction places the book in historical context and explains its literary structure, and his exhaustive Notes reveal Connolly’s sharp command of his craft. Readers will see more clearly than ever before how “Blue made one believe almost anything is possible,” especially a life of joyful self-giving.
Myles Connolly (1897–1964) was a Hollywood writer and producer with more than forty film credits to his name and several others uncredited. He published a collection of short stories and four novels.
Stephen Mirarchi is Assistant Professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has published numerous articles in academic journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.