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

Artists

Book Editors

Critics

Fiction Writers

FOM

Magazine Editors

Poets

Seafarers

Three Hours for Lunch Club

Translators

World War I Soldiers

WILLIAM ROSE BENÉT

Critic, poet, and anthologist William Rose Benét (1886-1950) was the middle child in a family of poets. Encouraged by their parents, he and his siblings, Stephen Vincent Benét and Laura Benét, all wrote and published verse. In his final decade, William Rose Benét won the Pulitzer Prize for The Dust which is God (1941), a fictionalized verse autobiography. However, throughout his career, many of his peers, including his second wife, poet Elinor Wylie, did not view him as a serious poet. His reputation came instead from his work as a popular and beloved editor, critic, and columnist. With Henry Seidel Canby, Amy Loveman, and Christopher Morley, Benét edited the Literary Review, a supplement to the New York Evening Post. In 1924, this group left to launch the Saturday Review of Literature. There, Benét penned his long-running column, "The Phoenix Nest." For much of his adult life, Benét lived in Greenwich Village. In the early teens, he lodged at the same Village boarding house as Sinclair Lewis, Harry Kemp, and George Soule. When he died in 1950, he was again living in the Village at 130 West Twelfth Street.

 

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    Creator: Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950

    Title: Portrait of the Artist as an Old Fool

    Item Date: December 1920

    Medium: Pencil on paper

    Material Type: Drawings

    ADA Caption: Portrait of the Artist as an Old Fool


    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: Christopher Morley Collection

    Stack Location: Miscellaneous: Benét

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William Rose Benét's Portrait of the Artist as an Old Fool, December 1920

William Rose Benét playfully titled this pencil sketch Portrait of the Artist as an Old Fool. James Joyce's much-lauded novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, had been published four years earlier in 1916. Benét, the "Old Fool," was just thirty-three at the time he drew this self-portrait. The drawing resides in the papers of Benét's close friend and editorial colleague, Christopher Morley.