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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


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The prolific novelist, critic, and scholar, Ludwig Lewisohn (1882-1955), was born in Germany and raised in South Carolina. In 1906, he married Mary Crocker, who signed the door just above him using her pen-name and her married name "Bosworth Crocker / Mrs. L. L." We can assume that the two visited the shop in its early days, since divorce proceedings began in 1922. At the time, Lewisohn had published several books, including fiction and criticism, and was working as a drama critic for The Nation. His first book, published in 1908, had been brought to press with the assistance of Theodore Dreiser, and he was friends with several of the door's signatories, including Sinclair Lewis and Upton Sinclair. Lewisohn's marital breakup turned very ugly, and a formal separation began in 1924. Lewisohn and his new partner, Thelma Spear, left for Europe, remaining there until 1934. In 1926, Lewisohn published his autobiographical novel, The Case of Mr. Crump, which told the story of his marriage to Mary as one of horrific bondage. After returning to the U. S., Lewisohn went on to an illustrious career as a writer, professor at Brandeis University, and major advocate for the Zionist cause. He did finally achieve a divorce from Mary and was married two more times.

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    Creator: Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1882-1955

    Title: The Case of Mr. Crump

    Description: Autograph manuscript, pages 1-3

    Item Date: 1925

    Material Type: Manuscript

    ADA Caption: The Case of Mr. Crump

    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: Ludwig Lewisohn Collection

    Stack Location: Box 1. Folder 1-3

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The opening pages of a bound manuscript of Ludwig Lewisohn's The Case of Mr. Crump, 1925-26

On the final page of this fair copy manuscript, Lewisohn notes that it was composed in "Paris, Nov. 30, 1925-May 16, 1926." The novel was published in Paris in 1926 and praised highly by critics including Sigmund Freud and Thomas Mann. Mary entered a libel suit to keep the book from being released in the United States. A pirated edition appeared in 1930, and it was finally legally published in the United States in 1947, after Mary's death in 1946. The novel was considered a major literary work by many, but is little known today.