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Mike McGrady
Birth: Oct. 4, 1933
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: May 13, 2012
Mason County
Washington, USA

Writer. An award winning columnist, he shall be remembered as the real-life 'Penelope Ashe', author and editor of the deliberately poorly written but nevertheless best selling sexually explicit 1969 spoof novel "Naked Came the Stranger". Born Michael Robinson McGrady, he was raised in New York City, earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, did advanced study at Harvard, and had already received praise for his coverage of the Civil Rights movement and the Viet Nam War for "Newsday" when he conceived the idea of writing a really bad parody of the then popular works of Jacqueline Susann and others. McGrady recruited 24 other "Newsday" staff members to pen one chapter each, even dumbing down the offerings that evidenced too much literary skill, and recruited his sister-in-law Billie Young to be Penelope for the jacket photos and the necessary publisher interviews. The book's 'heroine' was a proper suburban housewife who in reaction to her husband's affair embarks on an erotic adventure of her own, along the way having sex in a myriad of settings with a Reform Rabbi, a Mafia-connected singer, various accountants and hippies, and anyone else she meets. Within a few months the real authors were making a great deal of unexpected money and decided to reveal the hoax, a move that surprisingly only boosted sales. McGrady remained at "Newsday" as a film and restaurant critic, had no part in the 1975 pornographic movie that carried his book's title, co-wrote two memoirs of porn actress Linda Lovelace, and in 1970 published "Stranger than Naked: How to Write Dirty Books for Fun and Profit"; his sister-in-law Billie went on to a successful writing career under the name Penelope Ashe. McGrady lived his final years in Lilliwaup, Washington, and at his death from pneumonia "Naked Came the Stranger" remained in print. Of his magnum opus "The Village Voice" said back in 1969 that it was a work "of such perfectly realized awfulness that it will suck your soul right out of your brainpan and you will happily let it go". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
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Record added: May 15, 2012
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