Christopher Morley's Philadelphia by Christopher Morley

By Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley was once some of the most celebrated American authors of the Twenties and Thirties. most sensible often called the writer of Parnassus on Wheels and Kitty Foyle, Morley wrote for a favored viewers that keenly preferred his type, his wit, and his exuberant championing of the written note. Morley wrote many of the items amassed during this quantity from 1918 to 1920, whereas a columnist for the Philadelphia night Ledger. His task: to saunteraround city and the Philadelphia suburbs, after which - frequently after a leisurely lunch - document again. the outcome was once a sequence of full of life essays that, learn now, not just unearths a city's colourful previous, yet sheds gentle on its current: a lot of the Philadelphia Morley explored continues to be intact for the local or customer with the attention and persistence to find it. Morley's top Philadelphia paintings, scattered between 12 volumes released in the course of his lifetime, were accumulated during this good-looking new publication, which include interval illustrations by way of Walter Jack Duncan and Frank Taylor, and a serious creation via Ken Kalfus. released on may perhaps five, 1990, at the one centesimal anniversary of Morley's start, Christopher Morley's Philadelphia brings jointly a variety of essays which were out of print for fifty years or longer. The ebook joins Fordham collage Press's 1988 assortment, Christopher Morley's long island, as a long-lasting contribution to the Morley oeuvre.

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Description and travel. 2. ) Social life and customs. I. Kalfus, Ken. II. Title. 8'11 dc2090-80081 AACR 2 MARC Printed in the United States of America Page v CONTENTS A Note on Sources ix Introduction xi Ken Kalfus Center City Sauntering 3 Meeting the Gods for a Dime 8 Chestnut Street from a Fire Escape 11 Pershing in Philadelphia 14 The Parkway, Henry Ford, and Billy the Bean Man 19 Marooned in Philadelphia 23 South Broad Street 27 The Recluse of Franklin Square 32 A Slice of Sunlight 36 Darkness Visible 41 Pine Street 46 Market Street As Certain Eminent Travelers Might Have Described It 50 Benjamin Franklin 55 Claud Joseph Warlow 58 At the Mint 62 The Mercantile Library 67 Wild Words We Have Known 72 Notes on Rosy 75 A Westminster Abbey in Philadelphia 81 Meditations on Oysters 85 Our Old Desk 87 Gentles, Attend!

I bought a copy and took it to lunch with me. I cannot say it left me much richer; nor, I fear, will it leave Henry that way. Much can be forgiven Henry for the honest simplicity of his soul, but the lad who's palming off those editorial page mottoes on him, in blackface type, ought to face a firing squad. " inquired the royal shirk; The sweetest rest on earth is bought with work. And this: The truth of equal opportunity is this: Life, death; love, hope and strife, no man may miss. Or again: When profit is won at the cost of a principle, The winner has lost this law is invincible.

Romance seems to linger along that sun-warmed brick pavement, and I peered curiously at the windows so discreetly curtained with lace and muslin, wondering what quaint tales the landladies of Race street might have to impart if one could muster up courage enough to question them. In the news-stand and cigar store at the corner of Sixteenth I made a notable discovery a copy of Henry Ford's new Sunday school paper, the Dearborn Independent the Ford International Weekly, he proudly subtitles it. I bought a copy and took it to lunch with me.

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