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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


Actors on the Stage



Famous Bohemians

Fiction Writers


Little Magazines

Magazine Editors


Provincetown Players




The novelist Floyd Dell (1887-1969) had a unique connection to the bookshop door: before it was covered with signatures, it hung in his flat at 11 Christopher Street, just across the street. Dell was a leader in the Village community of the 1910s, but began his life in Barry, Illinois. The family moved to Davenport, Iowa a few years later. Rebellious by nature, Dell joined the Socialist Party when he was just sixteen. After dropping out of high school, he became a reporter in Davenport and soon met other young literary members of the community, including Susan Glaspell, Harry Hansen, George Cram Cook, and Arthur Davison Ficke. In 1908 he moved to Chicago and worked as a freelance reporter and reviewer, building a reputation for his endorsement of major Socialist writers. His first published book, Women as World Builders (1913) revealed his emerging feminist views. A prominent figure in leftist and literary social circles in Chicago, Dell moved to Greenwich Village in 1913, where he swiftly became a community leader. He became managing editor at the Masses (and later helped lead the Liberator), and was involved in the earliest stages of the Provincetown Players; one of his plays was produced in their first season. He had a famous love affair with Edna St. Vincent Millay--one of many with various women in the Village. in 1919 he moved to Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his second wife, Berta Marie Gage, but remained active in Village publications. The next year his autobiographical novel Moon Calf was released, and for the remainder of his life fiction writing was his main pursuit, though he continued to be a prolific critic. He never lost his investment in radical politics and social change, and his work in all genres reflects these enduring beliefs.





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    Creator: Dell, Floyd, 1887-1969

    Title: The Moon Calf

    Description: First edition inscribed to I.R. Brussell, 1929

    Imprint: New York: Knopf, 1920

    Material Type: Monographs

    ADA Caption: The Moon Calf

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Rare Books Collection

    Stack Location: PS 3507 E49 M6

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The front endpapers of Floyd Dell's Moon Calf (New York: Knopf, 1920), inscribed to I. R. Brussel

Moon Calf was Dell's first of many novels, and is regarded as his best by most critics. He investigates the books origins in this lengthy inscription to the bookseller I. R Brussel.