Beautiful Soup

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More by Harvey Jacobs

Side Effects

American Goliath

Beautiful Soup

But Wait.... There's More! #1

But Wait.... There's More! #2

But Wait.... There's More! #3

The Juror

The Egg of the Glak

Summer on a Mountain of Spices

The cult hit novel set in the not-too-distant future about a reluctant rebel's defiance of his role in a bar coded society.

"Bells clanging, lights aflash, the plot's ball bangs and rebounds.... A wonderful and wonderfully funny book."
—James Sallis
LA Times

"Writing with exceptional wit and wry insight... a skewed hybrid of Huxley and Vonnegut that... surpasses both in amusement value. Beautiful Soup is Brave New World sent through an irreverent spin cycle and populated by a cast of lovably eccentric rebels whose caustic commentary exposes the hypocritical values not just of supposedly problem-free twenty-first century society but of our own society."
—Carl Hays
Booklist (American Library Association)

"Soup's an incisive, wry social satire that so perfectly snares its targets... all the biggies... with such depth of emotion and pure lucidity it's only after one's awe has slightly diminished that one feels the idiot grin spread across his or her face. So don't dawdle!"
—Robert Morales

Praise for Harvey Jacobs's Work

"Hypnotized, the reader is compelled to listen."
—Time Magazine

"Every page—every half page—yields some sudden jolt of comic or lyric observation... He likewise manages to satirize our all-too human foibles and failures without becoming too blackly unforgiving."
—Thomas M. Disch
Washington Post

"His characters are haunting... I have rarely enjoyed finding a writer as much as I have enjoyed my own discovery of Jacobs."
—Robert Cromie
Chicago Tribune

"Quietly amused, wry approach that gives distinction to Mr. Jacobs' work... his dry humor would be hard to improve on."
—Elizabeth Easton
The Saturday Review

"The characters who climb Jacobs' ladder are in search of a friend or a lover, but the ladder is shaped like a corkscrew, most of the rungs are missing, and there's no room at the top... Give us more Jacobs."

"Here is an author who sees life clearly and with humor everything there is to know."
—Publishers Weekly

"Move over Philip Roth, Mel Brooks, Heironymus Bosch. At last we've got another original... an already master."
—Ann Rosenberg
Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

A Writer without Borders

Harvey Jacobs is the award winning author of seven books, including the novels Side Effects, reviewed by Kirkus Reviews as "A great comic novel ... by one of America's most accomplished authors"; American Goliath, called "the year's best book" by Publishers Weekly, featured in Time Magazine ("An inspired novel"), and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award; The Juror, exploring the flip side of 12 Angry Men; and Summer on a Mountain of Spices, about the heyday of a "Borcht Belt" hotel in the last week of WWII. The Egg of the Glak and Other Stories, his first story collection and still a cult favorite, was followed by My Rose and My Glove, containing stories real and surreal.

Harvey Jacobs has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.

Harvey passed away in 2017. Friend and author Chet Gottfried wrote this memorial about him, at


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