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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

Book Editors


Famous Bohemians

Greenwich Village Businesses

Little Theater Movement




Washington Square Players


Albert Boni (1892-1981) was the elder brother of Charles Boni; the biographies of these two door-signers are closely entwined. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Albert attended Cornell and Harvard, and left school early to enter the book business. He and his brother co-founded the Washington Square Bookshop in 1913. The bookshop was just next door to the Liberal Club, and became a center for Bohemian activities in the Village; among other things, the shop published Alred Kreymborg’s little magazine The Glebe. A committed socialist, Albert fostered the growing socialist movement in the Village at the time. In 1915, the brothers sold the shop to Frank Shay in order to go into publishing.  In 1917, Albert joined Horace Liveright to form the publishing firm of Boni and Liveright, which went on to become one of the most important publishers of major modernist and socialist writers alike. With Thomas Seltzer, they created the Modern Library series, which still exists today. After a few years in business, the co-founders decided to split after disagreements about the firm’s direction, and Liveright famously won it in a coin toss. In 1923, Albert joined with his brother Charles to form the publishing firm of Albert & Charles Boni, which also published many significant modern writers and remained in business until 1939. In 1928 they undertook an experiment called Charles Boni Paper Books, a paperback book club by mail subscription. Unfortunately, the stock market crash in 1929 hindered their effort, and the experiment failed after just a few years. Later in life, Boni became very interested in reading technology and founded the Readex Microprint Corporation.

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    Creator: Croy, Homer, 1883-1965

    Title: The Lady From Colorado

    Description: Cover and opening pages. Homer Croy's signed presentation copy to Nell and Albert Boni, extra illustrated by Homer Croy

    Imprint: New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1957

    Item Date: 1957

    Material Type: Monographs

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: John Stuart Groves Library

    Stack Location: PS 3505 R9554 L339 1957

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The cover and selected pages of an extra-illustrated copy of Homer Croy's The Lady from Colorado (New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pierce, 1957)

This edition, inscribed from Croy to his old friends Albert and Nell Boni, is peppered with Croy's humorous insertions.