The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925
SIGNATURES

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger

Bardar

Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright

Zorach

Theodore F. Zucker

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THE DOOR
Location on door: front, panel 1
CONNECTIONS

Saturday Review of Literature

Book Editors

Critics

Fiction Writers

Humorists

Journalists

Magazine Editors

Poets

Theater

Three Hours for Lunch Club

Walt Whitman

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

With the exception of founder Frank Shay, the writer, editor, and journalist Christopher Morley (1890-1957) is the most important figure in the drama of the bookshop at 4 Christopher Street. Originally from Haverford, Pennsylvania, he moved briefly to New York City, and then to Garden City, New York, in 1913 to work as an entry-level editor at Doubleday, Page publishers. By the time his friend Shay opened his bookshop in 1920, Morley was writing a popular weekly column, "The Bowling Green," for the New York Evening Post, and had published two popular novels, including Parnassus on Wheels (1917), about a traveling bookshop. Shay created a real-life version of this, taking his bookstore stock to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to sell to summering bohemians each summer. Morley had an unusual skill for friendship, gathering around himself a large group of friends, and a smaller circle of intimates, many of whom shared his love for companionable drinking in the age of Prohibition. In 1924, he became an editor of the Saturday Review of Literature, which was an important venue for literary criticism for decades. After the bookshop years, Morley continued to write prolifically, producing numerous novels, essay collections, and anthologies. He was for many years on the editorial board of the Book-of-the-Month Club. His most enduring social invention is the Baker Street Irregulars, the Sherlock Holmes society that he formed in 1934 in New York City.

 
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    Creator: Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957

    Title: "Journal of 1921"

    Item Date: 1921

    Material Type: Manuscript

    ADA Caption: Journal of 1921


    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: Christopher Morley Collection

    Stack Location: Works: Journals

    Copyright Clearance: Grateful acknowledgement is made to the Christopher Morley Literary Estate for permission to display this artifact.

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Christopher Morley's 1921 journal

This journal contains a vast amount of information about Morley's daily life in 1921, including references to Morley's visits to the bookshop and social engagements with Frank Shay and numerous people who signed the bookshop door.