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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: back, panel 4

Armory Show of 1913

Art Students League


Little Magazines

Provincetown Players



Marguerite Thompson (1887-1968) was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. William Zorach (1889-1968) was born Zorach Gorfinkel in Lithuania. His family emigrated to Ohio when he was young and began to call him by the name "William." William and Marguerite met in 1911 at La Palette, a school of art in France. When they married in New York soon afterwards, they took "Zorach" as their new surname. From that time on, they were inseparable, and it is likely that they meant this signature on the door to represent them both. They lived in Greenwich Village at 123 West Tenth Street for many years. Both showed works in the landmark Armory Show of 1913, and Marguerite in particular is seen as an important conduit of European experimentation to America, incorporating fauvist, cubist, and primitivist elements in her early work. Both worked in many genres; William is known best for his experiments with carving in various media, while Marguerite's embroidered tapestries are recognized as groundbreaking works in that understudied genre. Among other things, the couple collaborated in designing stage sets for the Provincetown Players for several years, bringing a critically acclaimed visual aesthetic to the group's productions.

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    Creator: Zorach, William, 1889-1966

    Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968

    Title: Woodcuts by William Zorach and Marguerite Zorach in Playboy: A Portfolio of Art and Satire

    Imprint: 2.1 (1923)

    Material Type: Periodical

    ADA Caption: Woodcuts by William Zorach and Marguerite Zorach in Playboy: A Portfolio of Art and Satire

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Rare Books Collection

    Stack Location: q N 1 P5

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Linoleum cuts by William and Marguerite Zorach in Playboy 2.1(1923)

The literary magazine Playboy was published and edited by Egmont Arens in Greenwich Village from 1919-1925. A richly varied venue for art, poetry, essays, and fiction, it included contributions by various people who signed the bookshop door, and further artists such as Boardman Robinson and Rockwell Kent, and writers such as Ezra Pound and Dorothy Parker. The Zorachs were among many contributors who worked in linoleum cuts and woodcuts, print methods for which the magazine is particularly remembered.