“Mr. Blue” - Beloved Classic Annotated by Benedictine College Professor

Mr. Blue - Beloved Classic now Annotated by Benedictine Professor

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Official Cover - Mr. BlueAtchison, Kan. – (April 19, 2016) Benedictine College Assistant Professor of English Stephen Mirarchi and Cluny Classics, an imprint of Cluny Media, have announced the first scholarly edition of Mr. Blue, the classic work of Catholic fiction by Myles Connolly. The novel about free-spirited J. Blue and his unorthodox but faith-filled approach to life was once a staple in high school and college curricula. Mr. Blue has gone in and out of print over the years, but has never been issued in a scholarly, annotated edition. The new publication (Trade paper and eBook; ISBN 9781944418076) is now on sale.

When Mr. Blue first appeared in 1928, the little novel went largely unnoticed. Twenty-five years later it was a runaway bestseller, and Connolly had become a famous Hollywood producer and scriptwriter working with the likes of Frank Capra.

For this edition, Mirarchi prepared more than 200 annotations which reveal the historical, theological, literary and regional threads Connolly deftly wove into his narrative. Professor Mirarchi also wrote an exclusive 9,000-word introduction which explains the publishing history of Mr. Blue, assesses its critical reception over the last ninety years and interprets its literary structure.

Read by Connolly’s heirs, this new edition of Mr. Blue so excited them that Connolly’s surviving daughter, Mary Connolly Breiner, wrote an all-new Preface for the book. In fact, not only is Mirarchi’s annotated edition of Mr. Blue published with the full approval of the Connolly estate, but Connolly’s heirs have given Cluny Media the go-ahead for a planned release of the rest of Myles Connolly’s works—one at a time over the next several years.

If you’ve met Mr. Blue before, be prepared with this scholarly version for an enlightening rediscovery. If you haven’t met him yet, there is no better guide than this edition.

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 including Mr. Blue, an acknowledged classic of Catholic fiction.

Stephen Mirarchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Assistant Professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has published many articles in academic journals as well as in popular magazines and newspapers.

For additional information or to request an interview:

Steve Johnson / (913) 360-7415 / stevej@benedictine.edu


John Clarke / (616) 304-3405/ jec@clunymedia.com

MR. BLUE / Myles Connolly

Introduction and Notes by Stephen Mirarchi

Cluny Classics / Cluny Media / Now on sale

246 pages / $17.95 Trade paper; $12.99 eBook / 9781944418076

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