Dodge, an inveterate globetrotter, also had a successful second career as the author of a series
of humorous, anecdotal travel guides. While most authors traveled in order to have inspiration to write, Dodge was fond of saying that he wrote so
that he could afford to travel. It is not surprising that his travel literature also extols the different types of natural beauty found in the French Riviera.
In The Poor Mans Guide to Europe (Random House, 1953) he intermingles
travel tips with humorous anecdotes of living in Europe. Naturally, there is a bikini episode complete with an illustration by Irv Koons. In his
The Rich Mans Guide to the Riviera (Little, Brown, 1962), Dodge even
notes: By the time I discovered the Côte dAzur and its potentialities, the bikini was firmly settled on its adopted home grounds waiting for a
historian. While Dodge decided not to be the man for that job, one would never know it by looking at the dust jacket photograph of this, his last
book about la belle France.
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