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


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


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 2



Armory Show of 1913







The social-realist artist William Gropper (1897-1977) was born to impoverished Jewish immigrant parents on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He received his early art education at the leftist Ferrer School, and many of his teachers were involved in the 1913 Armory Show, an event that likely helped shape the young Gropper's perspective. He trained at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts (now the Parsons School of Design), and by the late 1910s, he was producing cartoons, caricatures, and illustrations for leftist and literary publications. Many of these were little magazines published in Greenwich Village, such as the Masses, Liberator, Dial, Greenwich Village Quill, and Pagan. For a time he produced work for the New York Tribune, but was fired when they learned of his leftist work; mainstream venues such as the Bookman, however, sought his contributions actively. From the 1920s on, Gropper was known well for his paintings documenting the proletarian struggle. In 1927, he visited Russia with Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The WPA funded him to document the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, and he went on to produce work in response to further world and national events including World War II (?) and the anti-communist scare of the 1950s, in which Gropper himself was a victim of blacklisting.







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    Creator: Farrar, John Chipman, 1896-1974

    Gropper, William, 1897-1975

    Title: Dust jacket of The Literary Spotlight

    Imprint: New York: George H. Doran, 1924

    Item Date: 1924

    Material Type: Serials

    ADA Caption: Cover of an issue of Pagan

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Rare Books Collection

    Stack Location: PS 221 F3

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The dust jacket of John Farrar and William Gropper's The Literary Spotlight (New York: George H. Doran, 1924)

This dust-jacket depicts several literary notables, many of whom signed the bookshop door. Gropper's gently humorous caricatures capture the personalities of, clockwise from the top left: Don Marquis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Heywood Broun, Edna Ferber, Henry Seidel Canby, James Branch Cabell, Fannie Hurst, John Farrar, William Rose Benét, Sinclair Lewis, Mary Austin, Sherwood Anderson, Booth Tarkington, Amy Lowell. Further character studies in print and image appear in the volume.