M*A*S*H (novels)

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1969 Canadian paperback edition of the first book.

The M*A*S*H book series includes the original novel that inspired the movie and then the TV series. The first, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, was written by H. Richard Hornberger, himself a former military surgeon; it was published in 1968 under the pen name Richard Hooker. It told the story of a U.S. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea during the Korean War, and was followed by two other books, also by Hooker: M*A*S*H Goes to Maine in 1972, covering the lives of the surgeons after they returned home from the war, and M*A*S*H Mania (in the late 1970s), with further adventures of the swampmen grown older.

After the success of the M*A*S*H TV series, a long series of "M*A*S*H Goes to X" novels, credited to Hooker and William E. Butterworth, appeared, beginning with M*A*S*H Goes to New Orleans in 1974. Although credited to Hooker and Butterworth, they are all quite different in tone, have considerable character variations (e.g., age impossibilities) from Hooker's own work and were essentially ghostwritten by Butterworth.[citation needed]

In that sequel series, the novels added many additional characters, mostly satiric caricatures of public figures from the 1970s: for instance, operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti is parodied in the form of a singer named "Korsky-Rimsakov", and news anchor Dan Rather becomes the egotistical "Don Rhotten". The tone of the Butterworth novels is also markedly different from Hooker's original books, being much more broadly comical, less darkly satirical, and unrealistic.

After the conclusion of the "Butterworth" series with M*A*S*H Goes to Montreal (1977), Hooker wrote a final "M*A*S*H" novel, M*A*S*H Mania, which ignored the inconsistencies, and the events, of the intervening novels and picked up where M*A*S*H Goes to Maine left off, depicting the original characters in middle age.

Series[edit]

by Richard Hooker[edit]

by Richard Hooker and William E. Butterworth[edit]

  • M*A*S*H Goes to New Orleans (1974)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Paris (1974)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to London (1975)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Vienna (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to San Francisco (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Morocco (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Miami (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Las Vegas (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Hollywood (1976)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Texas (1977)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Moscow (1977)
  • M*A*S*H Goes to Montreal (1977)