Time and Again, An illustrated novel, by Jack Finney


Stephen King wrote in the afterword section of his great book 11/22/63 that he had inspiration from Jake Finney, who he says was one of America’s great fantasists and storytellers, saying of “Time and Again”, that in his humble opinion it was THE greatest time travel story.

Simon Morley, a talented sketch artist, is approached in 1970 by U.S. Army Major Ruben Prien to participate in a secret government project to work on a time travel. He agrees and prepares to go back to the 1880’s and spends weeks preparing in the Dakota Apartments in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.

In the apartment he dresses, eats, and reads newspapers in the style of the New York of 1882. He reaches a point where he just walks out the front door into 1882. He crosses the street into Central Park in a snowstorm where the streets and the park are filled with horse drawn carriages.

He has a mystery about a letter to solve but winds up meeting Julia and with her being very involved in the mystery and a serious fire.  The mystery letter suggests “the destruction by fire of he entire world” and they work to learn what that means.

He brings Julia back, but then he has to decide what to do next?

The Dakota Apartments, is a cooperative apartment building located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, United States.  It has looked just like it does today since back in the 1880's.

Click date linked to Review of Stephen Kings Book Review 11/22/63

FYI Jack Finney also wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Time and Again
By Jack Finney