The Vertical Smile

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The Vertical Smile
First edition
Author Richard Condon
Country United States
Language English
Genre Political Satire
Publisher New York, Dial Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages 334 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-0803796133
OCLC 195069

The Vertical Smile is a political satire novel by Richard Condon, published in 1971. It deals with politics, sex and greed, centering on the 68-year-old mother of a political candidate falling in love with a 70-year-old man with a very outrageous and scandalous history.


The novel was panned by Kirkus in 1971. The reviewer wrote that "those who remember Mr. Condon as a staggering storyteller will have to look elsewhere" and "very readable it's not".[1]


  1. ^ Richard Condon. "THE VERTICAL SMILE". Kirkus Reviews. 

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