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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


World War I Soldiers


Well-known in the early twentieth century for penning traditional poetry in a predominantly experimental period, the poet and lawyer Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945) is perhaps best remembered for his personal antics. Ficke was born to a very wealthy Iowa family that encouraged his literary proclivities from a young age. After attending Harvard and obtaining his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he also taught in the English department, he returned to his hometown of Davenport to practice law with his father’s firm. Upon marrying Evelyn Blunt in 1907, Ficke’s time was split between his legal practice and upper-class social circle in Iowa and his long escapes to Chicago, where he enjoyed the bohemian lifestyle and literary scene. In 1912 he began a correspondence and lifelong friendship with the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay after he and his Harvard friend Witter Bynner were moved by her poem “Renascence.” The Davenport years also saw Ficke’s participation in one of the most successful literary hoaxes of the century. As an outlet for their frustration with experimental modernist poetry, which they saw as glorifying pretentious theories at the expense of aesthetic considerations, Ficke and Bynner founded the Spectric school of modernist poetry to mock movements like the Imagist school. Spectric poems enjoyed widespread critical attention, appearing in journals and anthologies from Others  to The Young Idea. Ficke’s satirical work both influenced his serious poetry and overshadowed it; today his reputation rests largely on the success of the hoax, which began to unravel by 1917. That year Ficke volunteered to join the military, influenced by his patriotic father-in-law. He finally met Edna St. Vincent Millay in person in 1918, enjoying a brief love affair with her on his way to France, where he served as a captain and later a lieutenant colonel and judge advocate. There he met the painter and ambulance driver Gladys Brown, whom he would marry in 1923, divorcing his first wife upon his return home in 1922. He left his law practice and Davenport and devoted the rest of his life to poetry, dividing his time between estates in New York and Santa Fe. 

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    Creator: Knish, Anne, 1883-1945 (Pseudonym of Arthur Davidson Ficke)

    Morgan, Emanuel, 1883-1945 (Pseudonym of Witter Bynner)

    Title: Spectra: New Poems

    Description: Front cover, bookplate of Witter Bynner, inscription by Ficke, and opening pages

    Imprint: New York: Mitchell Kennerly, 1916

    Item Date: 1916

    Material Type: Monographs

    ADA Caption: Spectra

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Edgar Lee Masters Collection

    Stack Location: PS 3511 I15 S7 1916 MAS

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The front cover and opening pages of Witter Bynner's copy of Emanuel Morgan and Anne Knish's Spectra: New Poems (New York: Mitchell Kennerly, 1916)

Ficke and his friend published this spoof poetry collection under the pen names Emanuel Morgan (Bynner) and Anne Knish (Ficke), complete with a lofty introduction expounding their principles and methods. This special copy from Ficke to Bynner contains a tongue-in-cheek inscription: "Inscribed by Anne Knish, Deceased, by her Literary Executor, Arthur Davison Ficke, 1939."