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

Biographers

Book Editors

Critics

Fiction Writers

Film

Poets

Translators

BEN RAY REDMAN

Writer, editor, and critic, Ben Ray Redman (1896-1961) was described upon his death as a debonair gentleman-scholar type, an authentic bookman who was born for a part in a Noel Coward play. A prolific writer of book reviews, he contributed pieces to the New York Times, Harper's, and the American Mercury, and conducted his own column devoted to reprints, "Old Wine in New Bottles," in the New York Herald-Tribune. Additionally, Redman was a long-time contributor to the Saturday Review of Literature and was close to its founders Henry Seidel Canby, William Rose Benét, Amy Loveman, and Christopher Morley. Over the course of his career Redman also worked in film and edited and published books. In early August of 1961, Redman overdosed on sleeping pills after telling his wife that he was despondent over world affairs.

 
 
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    Creator: Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958

    Title: Two letters to Ben Ray Redman

    Item Date: 2 May 1922; 21 June 1922

    Material Type: Manuscript

    ADA Caption: Two letters to Ben Ray Redman


    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: James Branch Cabell Collection

    Stack Location: Letters: Redman, Ben Ray

    Copyright Clearance: Grateful acknowledgement is made to the James Branch Cabell Estate for permission to display this artifact.

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Two Letters from James Branch Cabell to Ben Ray Redman, 2 May 1922 and 21 June 1922

These two letters show the interaction between writer and critic. Redman wrote numerous pieces on Cabell, including a playful article for the Reviewer titled "Bülg the Forgotten" which addressed the influence of the Cabell-invented "Gottfried Johannes Bülg" on the author's writing. The "Lineage" referred to in the correspondence is Cabell's Lineage of Lichfield, a work of invented genealogy. "Rascoe" is critic Burton Rascoe (1892-1957), whose column "A Bookman's Day Book" was appearing in the New York Tribune at that time. Cabell's reference to pornography is significant since the plates for his novel Jurgen (1919) had been seized by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and the book was subjected to a lengthy obscenity trial before being exonerated in 1922.