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 2
CONNECTIONS

Critics

Fiction Writers

Poets

Translators

JOHN COURNOS

Kiev-born novelist, translator, and poet John Cournos (1881-1966) earned the respect of critics, but never achieved popular or financial success. When Cournos immigrated to Philadelphia at age ten, he knew no English. Amazingly, however, he moved from working in a knitting mill at age thirteen to working at the Philadelphia Record, first as an office boy, then as a reporter, and finally as an assistant Sunday editor by the time he moved to London in 1912. In England, Cournos launched his literary career, publishing seven novels, including an autobiographical trilogy about a Russian Jewish immigrant—The Mask (1919), The Wall (1921), and Babel (1922). He also published a volume of poetry, In Exile (1923), and translations of Russian works. Though Cournos visited the United States in 1924, he did not return permanently with his family until 1931. In financial distress during the Depression, Cournos began selling the letters written to him by famous friends such as Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and D. H. Lawrence, and turned to writing reviews and criticism for the New York Times and the New York Sun.

 
 
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    Creator: Cournos, John, 1881-1966

    Title: A Letter from John Cournos to F. S. Flint

    Description: Autograph letter, signed

    Item Date: 22 February 1917

    Material Type: Manuscript

    ADA Caption: Letter to F. S. Flint


    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: F. S. Flint Collection

    Stack Location: Recipient: Cournos, John

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A Letter from John Cournos to F. S. Flint, 22 February 1917

While in London, John Cournos interacted with many of the figures associated with Imagism. A prose poem of his appeared in the first Imagist collection, Des Imagistes (1914), and two additional poems were collected in Richard Aldington's Imagist Anthology (1930). In this letter to Flint, a poet who had fallen out with Ezra Pound over the direction of Imagism, Cournos attempts to dissuade his friend from complaining about Pound in the little magazine the Egoist. Cournos warns, "To have anything to do with E. P. in a personal way is to step in a heap of dog's dung. You'll never get your boots quite clean of it afterward."