By Christopher Morley, Walter Jack Duncan
A suite of fifty-five essays, written ordinarily within the mid-twenties yet with a few later examples besides, Christopher Morley's ny offers in wealthy, evocative element manhattan on the finish of global battle I - that heady time after the doughboys back, the Twenties bought roaring, the Volstead Act discovered itself thwarted, and many revolutionary existence received on with its company earlier than operating into the wall of the nice melancholy. within the first component of the e-book, East part, West facet, all over the city, we adventure big apple simply as Morley did: via its bookstores, eating places, taverns, waterfronts, and different locales that lent town its certain, rough-and-tumble personality. yet we are additionally taken care of to a brilliant photograph of Christopher Morley himself, rather within the subsequent part, the 3 Hours for Lunch membership, within which Morley's gusto in meals, drink, companionship, dialog, and basic bonhomie is evidently obvious. eventually, within the final part, we adventure one other, suburban long island: Roslyn, manhattan, the place for years Morley lived along with his spouse and family members. Contrasted with the vulgar great thing about the town, the typical beauty Morley encountered on new york is especially affecting. This beautiful quantity is more suitable via the evocative interval illustrations of Walter Jack Duncan, who illustrated such a lot of Morley first versions.
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It's like a long, healthy draught of shellac. It seems to me that it would be less trouble if Page 23 you offered the barkeep fifty cents to hit you over the head with a hammer. " A windy day, and perishing chill, we thought as we strolled through the gloomy caverns and crypts underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Those twisted vistas seen through the archways give an impression of wrecked Louvain. A great bonfire was burning in the middle of the street. Under the Pearl Street elevated the sunlight drifted through the girders in a lively chequer, patterning piles of gray-black snow with a criss-cross of brightness.
In 1932 Chris wrote a novel which he called Human Being. He was that. ), 11 No. ] Page xv PUBLISHER'S FOREWORD CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY (1890-1957) was, for countless readers, the American man of letters of his generation. Whether they appeared as newspaper and magazine columns, literary essays, novels, or plays, his writings were eagerly awaited and avidly read. Born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and raised in Baltimore, he was educated at Haverford College and then, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Oxford.