Mrs. Astors Horse Stanley Walker

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Published: October 28, 1935 Second Printing, November 7, 1935 Third Printing, November us, 1935. Fourth Printing, December 9, 1935 Fifth Printing, January 16, 1036 Printed in the United States of America FOREWORD TT THEN a man sets out to write about daifiness it goes without saying that he has hit on one of the richest deposits of literary pay dirt turned up since Gutenberg carved out his first font of type. In the present study it has been Stanley Walkers humor to confine himself in locale and era to our United States of the zos and 30 5, possibly out of patriotism, but you and I and Walker all know that the spirit of the screwball is neither national nor mortal but transcends time itself and, like loves fra grant essence, is everywhere. Its seed was in Adams, and when all of us are dust again a comforting thought in this age of shifting values that same spirit will still be marching on, and on, and on, eternally. Few observers have combined as nicely as Walker the opportunity, the inclination, and the authority to ponder the phenomenon of this big parade of the wall-eyed. Since 1919 he has been a practicing news paperman in New York, and it is one of the soundest of the verities that a newspaperman meets more than his share of human oddities. Nor was his faith in FOREWORD mankind virgin when he reached the great city. Asresult of misuse at the hands of politicians in Texas, his regard for his fellows was already a little dubious, and his attitude toward the man in the street was that of a trusting lass who has been taken in once too often

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Mrs. Astors Horse  by  Stanley Walker

Mrs. Astors Horse by Stanley Walker
October 28, 1935 Second Printing, November 7, 1935 Third Printing, November us, 1935. Fourth Printing, December 9, 1935 Fifth Printing, January 16, 1036 Printed in the United States of America FOREWORD TT THEN a man sets out to write about daifiness it goes without saying that he has hit on one of the richest deposits of literary pay dirt turned up since Gutenberg carved out his first font of type. In the present study it has been Stanley Walkers humor to confine himself in locale and era to our United States of the zos and 30 5, possibly out of patriotism, but you and I and Walker all know that the spirit of the screwball is neither national nor mortal but transcends time itself and, like loves fra grant essence, is everywhere. Its seed was in Adams, and when all of us are dust again a comforting thought in this age of shifting values that same spirit will still be marching on, and on, and on, eternally. Few observers have combined as nicely as Walker the opportunity, the inclination, and the authority to ponder the phenomenon of this big parade of the wall-eyed. Since 1919 he has been a practicing news paperman in New York, and it is one of the soundest of the verities that a newspaperman meets more than his share of human oddities. Nor was his faith in FOREWORD mankind virgin when he reached the great city. Asresult of misuse at the hands of politicians in Texas, his regard for his fellows was already a little dubious, and his attitude toward the man in the street was that of a trusting lass who has been taken in once too often | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: | 3.74 Mb

MRS. ASTOR S HORSE By STANLEY WALKER Author of City Editor, The Night Club Era etc. With a Foreword by NUNNALLY JOHNSON With fifteen reproductions of photographs, and an Index FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY NEW YORK MCMXXXV COPYRIGHT, 1935, BY STANLEYMoreMRS. ASTOR S HORSE By STANLEY WALKER Author of City Editor, The Night Club Era etc. With a Foreword by NUNNALLY JOHNSON With fifteen reproductions of photographs, and an Index FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY NEW YORK MCMXXXV COPYRIGHT, 1935, BY STANLEY WALKER All rights reserved.

No part of this work may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. Published October 28, 1935 Second Printing, November 7, 1935 Third Printing, November us, 1935. Fourth Printing, December 9, 1935 Fifth Printing, January 16, 1036 Printed in the United States of America FOREWORD TT THEN a man sets out to write about daifiness it goes without saying that he has hit on one of the richest deposits of literary pay dirt turned up since Gutenberg carved out his first font of type.

In the present study it has been Stanley Walkers humor to confine himself in locale and era to our United States of the zos and 30 5, possibly out of patriotism, but you and I and Walker all know that the spirit of the screwball is neither national nor mortal but transcends time itself and, like loves fra grant essence, is everywhere. Its seed was in Adams, and when all of us are dust again a comforting thought in this age of shifting values that same spirit will still be marching on, and on, and on, eternally.

Few observers have combined as nicely as Walker the opportunity, the inclination, and the authority to ponder the phenomenon of this big parade of the wall-eyed. Since 1919 he has been a practicing news paperman in New York, and it is one of the soundest of the verities that a newspaperman meets more than his share of human oddities. Nor was his faith in FOREWORD mankind virgin when he reached the great city. Asresult of misuse at the hands of politicians in Texas, his regard for his fellows was already a little dubious, and his attitude toward the man in the street was that of a trusting lass who has been taken in once too often by honeyed words and a silken mustache.

During ten years he was, in the patois of the pro fession, on the street, in actual contact with Demos. Then, arrested in an editors chair, his daily duty be came in great measure the consideration of the luna tic fringe of existence. One day it would be Colonel Julian, the Black Lindbergh of Harlem, demanding 250,000 for defamation of character and settling for two tickets to the Polo Grounds the next would see the rise of a new Messiah with a brilliant scheme for breaking the Depression through a scientifically worked out system of chain-letters calling on all right-thinking citizens to anoint the lobes of their wives ears with the juice of the sassafras tree, thus priming the pump of commerce.

That same after noon would arrive a resident of Brooklyn Heights, notoriously a hotbed of inspiration, with a mysteri ously empty cardboard suitcase and a shrewd plan for halting the extermination of the English linnet, In Walkers own state a harassed candidate for gov ernor fought like a Bengal tiger against a venomous charge that his home contained fourteen bathrooms, only to be assailed anew with further allegation that it was no uncommon thing for his whole family, FOREWORD women included, to take an occasional whack at the insidious demi-tasse.

In California a wife gets a di vorce because her husband sat up all night turning the electric light on and off, exclaiming at intervals, This is all a colossal farce. In Chicago the mayorwormed his way into his peoples hearts with a cou rageous promise to take a smack at George V, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Em peror of India, the minute they met. In Tennessee, agriculture and industry paused while a hill-billy magistrate with Chester Conklin whiskers determined whether the human race was descended from the blue-bottomed baboon, like Clarence Darrow, or aboriginal foot-washing Baptists, like William Jen nings Bryan...



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