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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


Fiction Writers


Magazine Editors


Provincetown Players




The great naturalist novelist Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) was born into poverty in Terre Haute, Indiana. In his early years, he struggled to make a living as a newspaper reporter in Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and, finally, New York City, where he moved in 1894. After finding work editing and writing columns for magazines, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, in 1900. Over the next several years he worked as a magazine editor, and only after the success of his novel Jennie Gerhardt (1911) was he able to write full-time. He moved to Greenwich Village in 1914, residing in Patchin Place, home to many notable writers. He published his work in the Masses and other left-wing periodicals, and had affairs with several women, among them Kirah Markham, an actor with the Provincetown Players. He began to write experimental plays and to become interested in theories of psychoanalysis, which was popular among Villagers at the time. During these years he became friends with Frank Shay, owner of the Washington Square Bookshop at the time. The two planned for Shay to publish a new edition of Sister Carrie, but Shay was drafted to serve in World War I before he could do so. Shay introduced Dreiser to Horace Liveright, who published the edition instead, beginning Dreiser's long relationship with the publishers Boni and Liveright. The 1925 publication of his novel An American Tragedy confirmed Dreiser's reputation as a major American novelist. He continued to write both novels and social commentary for many more years, and lived off and on in New York for much of his life.





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    Creator: Provincetown Players

    Title: Playbill for Theodore Dreiser's The Hand of the Potter

    Description: From the play's premiere, 5-18 December 1921

    Item Date: 1921

    Material Type: Playbills

    ADA Caption: Playbill from Theodore Dreiser's The Hand of the Potter

    Curatorial Department: Performing Arts Collection

    Collection Name: Playbills and Programs Collection: New York City Theaters

    Stack Location: New York Theaters, 1922

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A playbill for the Provincetown Players's production of Theodore Dreiser's The Hand of the Potter, 1921.

Dreiser's play, a tragic tale of a sexual criminal who murders an 11-year-old girl, was published in 1918, but was not produced until the Provincetown Players's production represented here. The play's tragic element rests in the murderer's inability to control his deeply-rooted impulses, and alludes to emergent psychological theories of the time.