Tobogganing on Parnassus

By: Franklin P. Adams

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1912 Printing - HARDBACK - No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. No dust jacket as issued. Pictorial cover with light wear and rubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin Pierce Adams Poet Details 1881–1960 Franklin P. Adams, or F. P. A. as he was known to his readers, was best known for his witty and satirical column 'The Conning Tower,' which was syndicated in the New York Tribune, the New York World, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Post. In his column, to which he had a cult-like following, Adams wrote limericks, puns, and satirical prose to dissect political events, review books and plays, and parody the age. A forthright writer who had the freedom to comment on whatever he chose, F. P. A. peppered his column with light verse. He scorned unrhymed free verse, and his poetry was clever and catchy, utilizing the kind of quipping that was the very spirit of his column. His audience was known to repeat these 'F. P. A.isms' everywhere. The verse he wrote for 'The Conning Tower' prompted the New York Times to refer to him as 'the direct intellectual descendant of Charles Stuart Calverly and Sir William Gilbert,' according to Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor Nancy L. Roberts. Writing every day of the working week, Adams took a respite from 'The Conning Tower' to write a different column in the form of a diary on Saturdays. In this column, 'The Diary of Our Own Samuel Pepys,' Adams wrote in the style of the seventeenth century, remarking on the daily activities of his life. He discussed with readers all that had taken place during his week, which ranged from the artists and writers with whom he dined, to political events he supported or criticized, to the people and politics he trusted and did not trust, to where he played poker—one of his favorite games. It is this column that is largely responsible for making Adams's personality and his writing inextricable from one another in the eyes of his readers. Roberts related that the New Yorker described the column as having 'an amusing, intelligent, unpretentious personality.' Known for his unassuming style, Adams wrote on one particular Saturday, 'Read this day the worst parody of a thing ever I read, called, 'If Winter Don't,' by Barry Pain, maladroit and without skill or humour, and utterly without any sense of the Hutchinsonian style. Yet very pretentious.' This Saturday column also took a serious look at the events of the times. As news of the war in Europe began to reach New York in the late thirties, Adams used his column to express his disgust over the horrendous killings and beatings of Jews in a succession of nights that came to be known as Kristallnacht ('Night of Broken Glass'). Adams was also an adroit critic; he was often the first to see talent, recognizing the abilities of such writers as D. H. Lawrence and W. Somerset Maugham. According to Roberts, F. P. A. wrote of Eugene O'Neill's play Mourning Becomes Electra that his 'humourlessness . . . hath carried him toward the stars.' In verse, he admiringly wrote, 'Stick close to your desk with a heart of steel / And you all may be playwrights like Eugene O'Neill!' Among Adams's friends were New York City's writers and artists, many of whom made appearances in 'The Conning Tower.' Writers and famous personalities such as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna Ferber, Groucho Marx, and Sinclair Lewis all contributed to the column. It has been said that Adams raised Dorothy Parker 'from a couplet.'

Title: Tobogganing on Parnassus

Author Name: Franklin P. Adams

Categories: Poetry,

Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company: 1912

ISBN Number: B002WU2HBQ

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Seller ID: 55784