A BOOK WHOSE AUTHORSHIP IS UNCERTAIN:
The Road to Birmingham, Bridgehead Books for “The Society for Racial Peace of Washington, D.C.”, 1964. (Bridgehead books was one of Samuel Roth’s many fronts, and “The Society for Racial Peace” appears in Google only as the publisher of The Road to Birmingham.)
This novel is set during the Freedom Rider era of the 1960s civil rights movement and credited to “Beauregard James”, supposedly the pseudonym of ”a well-known Negro author”. However, the book is written in Plotkin’s characteristic jocular, prurient style.
THINGS I HAVE NOT SEEN:
A poem of Plotkin’s called “A Young Messiah” was included in Henry Harrison, ed., The Sacco-Vanzetti Anthology of Verse, New York, 1927. (Source: Robert Montgomery, Sacco and Vanzetti, Devin-Adair, 1960, p. 62, footnote.)
The New Republic reviews Kurt Krueger, Inside Hitler, translated by David George Plotkin, Avalon Press, 1942. Probably same as I was Hitler’s Doctor, a forgery attributed to Samuel Roth. Plotkin may have helped write this book.
A Black Man in the White House, by David George Kin. Listed as forthcoming (1964) on an inside page of The Road to Birmingham (above). No other information.
The East Side Story, David George Plotkin, 1968. I have no information about this book.
David G Kin, A Time To Love, Chariot Books. (This may be the same book under the pseudonym Noel O’Hara). Chariot Books, later the New Chariot Library, seems to have specialized in bottom-of-the-line lesbian porn during the 1960s, though after about 1975 a publisher with that name published Christian-themed children’s books, and on this list hilarity ensues when the lists are mixed, so that Sex Behavior of the American Secretary shares a page with Lord Change Me.)
This book was really written by one David King, but was wrongly entered in one database:
David Kin, The Brave and the Damned, Paperback Library, 1956.
Steve at http://www.languagehat.com looked up the Russian D. Kin, below, and found that he wrote a number of books (not just two), was not an American or Russian-American, and was not named Plotkin. Palij apparently just made a mistake. So the below is moot.
The David Plotkin Project has come up with some loose ends, the most interesting of which is a Russian David Plotkin (or maybe even two of them.) The American David Plotkin was from a Jewish immigrant neighborhood (Brownsville), had left-wing sympathies, and in 1948 was accused of being a Communist hack because of his smear job on Burton K. Wheeler. Thus, he conceivably could have been the Plotkin / Kin of the 1927 and 1931 books from Russia (which fit neatly into the gap between his 1926 poetry book and his 1934 cartoon book). On the other hand, these books were more likely written by the Komsomol David Plotkin killed by the Nazis in 1942. But there is one reason to suspect that the author of Denikinshchina was the American: in the Palij reference this Russian author has the same name and pseudonym as the American author. “David Plotkin [D. Kin]“, writing in Russian, cited in Michael Palij, The Ukrainian-Polish defensive alliance, 1919-1921, as the author of Denikinshchina (Leningrad, 1927), a book about the White Russian General Anton Denikin during the Russian Revolution. D. Kin, V. I. Lenin on the Soviets, Moscow, 1931 (in English)