‘Naked Came the Stranger’: An oral history

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Image from the cover of “Naked Came the Stranger”

“Together like garden snakes, they contorted, moaned, gasped, clenched and throbbed.”

In 1969, the erotic potboiler “Naked Came the Stranger” climbed The New York Times bestseller list. According to the back cover, it was written by a “demure Long Island housewife” named Penelope Ashe. Except … that wasn’t the whole story. Harvey Aronson, Marilyn Berger, George Vecsey and other former Newsday staffers reveal the real story behind this literary caper. 

“Naked Came the Stranger” excerpts read by Lorraine Mattox. “Stranger Than Naked” excerpts read by Greg Tannen. 

Special thanks to: Harvey Aronson, Irene Virag, Corinne McGrady, George Vecsey, Mal Karman, Barry Abisch and Jay Shah.

Bonus Track: Naked Came the Stranger – The Movie
Harvey Aronson, Stan Green and Tony Insolia on how the book was adapted into a movie.

(Originally aired June 8, 2017)

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