Seidman and Son

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Seidman and Son
First edition
AuthorElick Moll
CountryUnited States
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
Media typePrint

Seidman and Son is a bestselling 1958 novel by Elick Moll, adapted by Moll into a 1962 play.

The story centers on Morris Seidman, a Jewish garment manufacturer in New York City, and his relationships with his wife, son, and daughter.[1] The novel debuted at number 12 on the New York Times Best Seller List on June 15, 1958,[2] and remained on the list for 15 weeks.[3] After the success of the novel, Moll adapted it into a play that debuted on Broadway in October 1962 at the Belasco Theatre. The Carmen Capalbo-directed production ran for over 200 performances through April 1963.[4][5][6][7]

Moll also wrote two sequel novels, Mr. Seidman and the Geisha (1962), and The Perilous Spring of Morris Seidman (1972).[8]


  1. ^ Graham, Kathleen (14 June 1958). This Week I Read, Leader-Post
  2. ^ June 15, 1958 fiction NYT Best Seller List
  3. ^ September 28, 1958 Fiction NYT Best Seller List
  4. ^ Millstein, Gilbert (25 May 1958). Father Knows Best (review), The New York Times
  5. ^ Taubman, Howard (17 October 1962). 'Seidman and Son' Sticky With Sentiment and Jokes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (New York Times story)
  6. ^ (15 April 1963). "Seidman and Son" to Close, The New York Times (reporting that play was set to close at the Belasco in April 1963 after 214 performances, and then start touring)
  7. ^ Glover, William (17 October 1962). 'Seidman and Son' Plot 'B' Movie Maker's Delight, Evening Independent (Associated Press story)
  8. ^ Jacob, Merle L. & Hope Apple. To Be Continued: An Annotated Guide to Sequels, p. 196 (2000)

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