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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 1


Actors on the Stage


Book Editors

Famous Bohemians

Fiction Writers



Provincetown Players







Born in Ohio, Harry Kemp (1883-1960) is one of the dramatic personalities for whom Greenwich Village is known. As a young man, he ran away to sea, working as a cabin boy on a steamer, and then hoboed around the United States. He attended college at the University of Kansas, where he began writing in earnest. A notorious self-promoter, Kemp was a highly visible figure on the Greenwich Village and Provincetown scenes from the 1910s. He acted in the landmark Provincetown Players production of Eugene O'Neill's first play, Bound East for Cardiff (appropriately, he played a seafarer). In 1915 he married Mary Pyne, who acted in many Provincetown Players productions and was also wooed by Theodore Dreiser. Known for his affairs, Kemp infamously broke up Upton Sinclair's marriage. Kemp's poems appeared in book form and in periodicals such as The Masses and The Smart Set, and beginning in the early 1920s he published three autobiographical narratives. From the 1930s, he lived in a shack, given to him by friends, in the dunes of Provincetown where he resided until his death. The shack still stands today.


    Creator: Kemp, Harry (1883-1960)

    Title: The Prodigal Son

    Description: The Flying Stag Plays no. 8. Front and back cover and title page.

    Imprint: New York: Egmont Arens

    Item Date: 1919

    Material Type: Serials

    ADA Caption: The Prodigal Son

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Theater Arts Collection

    Stack Location: PS 3521 E45 P7 1919 HRC-TA

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The cover of Harry Kemp's The Prodigal Son (New York: Egmont Arens, 1919).

The Provincetown Players production of this comic play was delayed due to Kemp's difficult relations with the cast and director. Initially cast to play a role in the play, he was fired after refusing direction. The play was finally produced in 1917, but Kemp never played another role with the group. The work was published as number eight in Egmont Arens's Flying Stag Plays, a nine-volume series published from his Washington Square Bookshop. The cover art was drawn by William Gropper. The series also featured plays by George Cronyn, James Oppenheim, Floyd Dell, Theresa Helburn, Philip Moeller, Mary Carolyn Davies, Seumas O'Brien, and Alice Rossiter. Arens inaugurated the series after he took over the Washington Square Bookshop from Frank Shay around 1917. Shay had published his own series there, The Provincetown Plays, before being drafted to serve in World War I.