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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Location on door: front, panel 1
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W. ADOLPHE ROBERTS

The Jamaican journalist, novelist, and travel writer, W. Adolphe Roberts (1886-1962), began his career in Jamaica and came to the United States in 1904. During World War I, he worked as a war correspondent in France and, in 1916, began an affair with birth-control activist Margaret Sanger. In 1918 he was hired as an editor at Ainslee's, a magazine of popular fiction and poetry, in which he published many of Edna St. Vincent Millay's early poems and stories. Soon after, Frank Shay published two volumes of Millay's verse from the bookshop. Roberts, like many others, fell in love with Millay; he dedicated to her a series of five villanelles in his 1919 volume of verse, Pierrot Wounded. In the early 1920s, he worked at Hearst International Magazine. He published his own first novel in 1927 and went on to write numerous detective novels and books of travel writing, focusing much of his non-fiction work on Caribbean history and culture. He was an important agitator for Jamaica's freedom from British governance, helping to found the pro-independence Jamaican Progressive League in New York in 1936.

 
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    Creator: Sharpe, Samuel, 1799-1881

    Title: The History of Egypt: From the Earliest Times till the Conquest by the Arabs, A. D. 640

    Description: Inscribed by W. Adolphe Roberts and Rossiter Johnson with bookplates of Alexander Parsons and Rossiter Johnson

    Imprint: London: Moxon, 1846

    Item Date: 1846

    Material Type: Monographs

    ADA Caption: The History of Egypt: From the Earliest Times till the Conquest by the Arabs, A. D. 640


    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Library of Edward Alexander Parsons

    Stack Location: DT 83 S54 1846

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The preliminary pages of Samuel Sharpe's The History of Egypt: From the Earliest Times till the Conquest by the Arabs, A. D. 640 (London: Moxon, 1846)

Roberts's personal copy of Sharpe's book had been previously owned by Rossiter Johnson, a prolific American editor a generation older than Roberts who gave the book to the New York Authors' Club, a men's club of which he was Chairman of the Council from 1895-1896. The volume was later owned by Edward Alexander Parsons, a New Orleans book collector. Roberts wrote several novels set in New Orleans and presumably visited there often, which may be how his book came to be owned by Parsons, whose large library came to the Ransom Center in 1958.