|Octavus Roy Cohen 1891-1959|
|Polished Ebony 1919 Ayer Co or 1923 Dodd, Meade, Co. with
illustrations by H. Weston Taylor ~ A parody of Black life with exaggerated
The Other Tomorrow 1927
Midnight: 1921 eBook Text: http://www.gutenberg.net/1/1/0/4/11043/11043.txt
Colliers Dec. 25, 1943: part 3 of "Romance in the First Degree"
Slappey: Created by Octavus Roy Cohen (1891-1959)
Play: "Come Seven" Broadhurst Theatre, (1920.07.19)
American author of humorous Negro fiction and detective stories. Born of Jewish parents in Charleston, S.C., he graduated from Clemson College in 1911. He worked as a newspaperman before being admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1913. He was married the following year and had one son. In 1915 he abandoned the law to write fiction. A regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines for many years, Cohen is chiefly noted for his Negro dialect fiction. Two of his well-known characters are unusual detec- ives. Florian Slappey, known as the Beau Brummell of Birmingham, Ala., is a tall, slender, immaculately dressed sport described as "a sepia gentleman." He knows (and is known by) everybody in his home- town. He then sets out to conquer New York's Harlem. His humorous adventures are told in Florian Slappey Goes Abroad (1928) and Florian Slap pey (1938). James H. (Jim) Hanvey, who is white, is a private detective who has more friends in the underworld than in legitimate circles. Gargantuan, with several chins and short fat legs that cause him to waddle when he walks, he spends most of his time sitting with his shoes off and resting. His chief exercise is fondling a gold toothpick that hangs from a chain across his chest. He befriends criminals who have gone straight but is "the terror of crooks from coast to coast" when on a case. The stories about the gross and uncouth, if amiable, detective are found in Jim Hanvey, Detective (1923), "Free and Easy" in Detours (1927), and Scrambled Yeggs (1934). Cohen was also the author of The Crimson Alibi (1919), a popular mystery novel and a success on the New York stage.
Play and Film In 1920,
Cohen's play Come Seven, starring Earle Foxe as Slappey, ran for seventy-two
performances on Broadway. Cohen's country detective, Jim Hanvey, was featured
in one film: Jim Hanvey, Detective, Republic, 1937. Guy Kibbee,
Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye, Edward Brophy. Directed by Phil Rosen.
Hanvey cuts short a hunting trip to investigate the theft of an emerald
necklace that was actually hidden by a young reporter friend as a
|Padraic Colum 1881 - 1972|
|The Island of the Might
Colum was born in Longford, where his father was workhouse master, on 8
December 1881. At seventeen he became a clerk in the Irish Railway Clearing
House in Dublin, but left in 1904 determined to make a living through writing.
His first poems appeared in The United Irishman, edited by Arthur Griffith.
The Saxon Shillin' (1902) won a competition for a play to discourage young
Irishmen from joining the British army. Colum acted with the new Irish
National Theatre Society, but after his play Broken Soil was staged in
1903, he concentrated on writing. He was one of the founders of the Abbey
Theatre, where his realistic peasant drama The Land (1905) was an early
success. Thomas Muskerry (1910) was also staged by the Abbey, but thereafter
Colum failed to fulfil his early promise as a dramatist. His first book
of verse, Wild Earth, appeared in 1907, with lyric poems like 'The Plougher',
'A Drover' and 'An Old Woman of the Roads'. He married in 1912, and in
1914 the Colums sailed to America, soon entering New York literary circles.
Colum began to write children's stories for the Sunday Tribune, which led
to a collection, The King of lreland's Son (1916), followed over theyears
by the many children's books which overshadowed his other work. New poems
appeared in an American edition of Wild Earth (1916), including tlhe popular
'She Moved Through the Fair'. In 1922 the Hawaiian legislature commissioned
Colum to write for children the islands' folklore, three volumes resulting
from his visit. A book of verse, Dramatic Legends (1922), was followed
by his first novel, Castle Conquer (1923), set in an impoverished nineteenth
century, as was The Flying Swans (1937). Of the later collections of verse,
Irish Elegies (1958) is interesting for its portraits of Roger Casement,
Griffith, James Joyce and others. The Colums lived in France in the early
1930s, Colum renewing an old friendship with Joyce, for whom he typed parts
of Finnegans Wake. On returning to America, they both taught comparative
literature at Columbia University, becoming US citizens in 1945.When Mary
Colum died in 1957, Colum completed their anecdotal Our Friend James Joyce
(1958). In 1959 he published Ourselves Alone, a biography of Griffith begun
many years earlier. Colum died in Enfield, Connecticut, on 11 January 1972.
Irish poet, playwright. A founder of Irish Theater. Wrote "Wild Earth", "The Betrayal". Compiled "An Anthology of Irish Poetry" (1921). ALS, postal card, June 2, no year. He will be "very glad to autograph your copy of "Wild Earth". I was ill the evening of your banquet and so I could not be with you to my great regret. I want to make the acquaintance of the Cameo Club, and when I am in New York next week I hope I may call on you." Colum's book of verse, "Wild Earth", was published in 1907.
|Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893|
|Official Views of the Columbian Exposition - Dept of Photo.
Part of an extended chapter of the ERB bio
|Babs at College ~ 1920 ~ Philadelphia: Penn Publishing,
Babs at Home 1921
|Harriet T. Comstock|
|Harriet Theresa Comstock was an American novelist and author
of children's books. She was born in 1860 in Nichols, New York, and educated
in Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1885, she married to Philip Comstock of Brooklyn,
New York. Her books were sold widely and she was a very popular author.
|Cook's Voyages (1902)
|Marjorie Benton Cooke November 27, 1876 - April 26, 1920|
|Cinderella Jane 1917 A.L. Burt
The Dual Alliance ~ 1915 ~ Doubleday
The Mad Marriage 1921 movie based on the novel Cinderella Jane
Film Summary: Jerry, a struggling young artist in Greenwich Village, marries a studio helper, Jane Judd, an aspiring playwright, knowing that she will not interfere with his work. She takes part in a pageant for which Jerry designs the costumes and attracts the attention of Christiansen, a young playwright with whom she works secretly on a play. After the birth of their child, Jerry and Jane become closer, but he is violently jealous of her accompanying Christiansen to the successful opening of his play and offers her a divorce. However, their child's illness brings them back together.
|Marjorie Benton Cooke (Writer) b. Richmond, IN 1876 d.
4/26/20 Wrote four silent films from 1920 to 1926, three based
on her novels, "The Incubus", "The Girl Who Lived in the Woods" and "Cinderella
Jane". The films were re- titled, "Her Husband's Friend", "Little Fraid
Lady" and "The Mad Marriage".
Novelist and playwright, Marjorie Benton Cooke was born on 27 November, 1876, in Richmond, Indiana. She was the daughter of Joseph H. and Jessie Benton Cooke. Her father was a salesman and had once served as treasurer for the city of Richmond. Marjorie attended preparatory schools in Detroit and Chicago before entering the University of Chicago.
Not long after her graduation in 1899, she became a successful recitalist of original monologues and sketches. By 1909 she was being called "the cleverest reader of monologues in America". It was also around this time that she began writing one-act plays and poetry. In 1905 she wrote the lyrics to the ditty "Is Yo'? Yo' Is!". Her first book, "The Girl Who Lived in the Woods", was published in 1910 and was followed by "To Mother" (1911), "Dr. David" (1911), "Bambi" (1914), "The Incubus" (1915), "The Duel Alliance" (1915) "Cinderella Jane" (1917) and "The Cricket" (1919). In 1936 her book for young adults, "Bambi" (not the story with Thumper), was serialized on radio starring Helen Hayes. Cooke had also authored a number of popular short stories that appeared in magazines and several plays and screenplays before her career was tragically cut short.
Marjorie Benton Cooke died at the age of 43 on April 26 1920, at Manila,
after coming down with pneumonia during an around the world cruise with
her mother. Her father had passed away four years earlier in New York City.
Edward James Corbett was born in 1875 of English ancestry in Kumaon, at the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. His father, the postmaster in Naini Tal, died when Jim Corbett was four. It fell to Corbett's mother to raise and educate 12 children on a widow's meagre pension. His mother, Corbett recalled, "had the courage of Joan of Arc and Nurse Clavell combined."Corbett remembered his boyhood as a sort of forest idyll. Lying in his bed at night, he would listen to the sounds of the jungle. He learned to imitate the cries and calls of the animals so precisely that once, when he impersonated a leopard, a British hunter and a leopard crept toward him simultaneously.Corbett began hunting to help feed his family. He had to make every shell count. His gun was an ancient muzzle-loading shotgun whose one good barrel was lashed to the stock with wire. Corbett's shooting skill and encyclopedic knowledge of the surrounding jungle soon became well known. As early as 1906, requests come to him, begging that he track down a tiger or leopard that had preyed on humans.Corbett believed that animals that had struck under special conditions, such as protecting cubs or disturbed at a kill, should be given the benefit of doubt. He was only interested in habitual man-killers and consented to come only after two conditions had been met: that all offers of a reward were withdrawn, and that all other hunters had to leave the area. He wrote, "I am sure all sportsmen share my aversion to being classed as a reward-hunter and are as anxious as I to avoid being shot." Between 1906 and 1941, Corbett hunted down at least a dozen man-eaters. It is estimated that the combined total of men, women and children those 12 animals are thought to have killed before he stopped them was more than 1,500. His very first man-eater, the Campawat tiger, alone was responsible for 436 documented deaths. Corbett's reaction to his success as a hunter was invariably ambivalent. In the 1920s, Corbett became appalled at the ever-increasing number of hunters, British and Indian, in the forests. He was concerned about the view of jungles as a source of profit from timber rather than a sanctuary for wildlife. He began speaking to groups of schoolchildren about their natural heritage - electrifying blasé students by concluding his speech with the full-throated roar of a tiger. He helped create the Association for the Preservation of Game in the United Provinces, and the All-India Conference for the Preservation of Wild Life, and he established India's first national park, inaugurated in 1934 in the Kumaon Hills. By the mid-thirties, Corbett had almost entirely abandoned hunting and turned his attention to the challenge of capturing tigers on motion-picture film. When he found that the camera's whirr was disturbing the tigers, he dammed a stream so its gurgle would cover up the sound of the camera. He sat there every day day for four months until he was at rewarded with the appearance of seven tigers, which he caught on film. Corbett was 64 years old when World War II broke out. He volunteered to train Allied troops in the techniques of jungle survival, but the strain proved too much and he became very ill. Recuperating, he wrote Man-eaters of Kumaon, which became an international best-seller, was translated into 27 languages, and was almost universally praised by critics. After 1947, Corbett and his sister Maggie, to whom he had been devoted all his life, retired to Kenya, where he continued to write and sound the alarm about declining numbers of tigers and other wildlife. Jim Corbett died of a heart attack in 1955 and is buried in Africa. The national park he fought to establish in India was renamed in his honor two years later and is now nearly twice its original size. It is a favored place for visitors hoping to see a tiger.
|The Princess Naida
|Born Rich 1924 A.L. Burt & Co ~ 307 pp
A California fiction Romance Novel. A movie was made after the book in 1924 that featured a cast of William Burton, Clair Windsor, and Doris Kenyon.
Adaptation 1924 Based on the novel Born Rich by Hughes Cornell (Philadelphia,
After several years of separation, Jimmy suddenly discovers that he has been cheated by his financial advisor, Magnin, and that he is broke. Filled with renewed purpose rather than remorse, Jimmy is reconciled with Chad, only to discover that he has been saved from bankruptcy by a Major Murphy.
|Samuel Woodworth Cozzens 1834-1878|
Marvelous Country: Three Years in Arizona and New Mexioc, the Apache's
Home ~ 1873 Shepard and Gill, Boston. (pp. 409-413). Contains
near-death experiences. ERB cites this as one of the reference books he
used in the writing of The War Chief
The Young Silver Seekers or Hal and Ned in the Marvelous Country: Completing the Young Trail Hunters' Series ~ 1882 ~ Boston: Lee And Shepard
Explorations & Adventures in Arizona & New Mexico ~ 532 pages
The Young Trail Hunters or the Wild Riders of the Plains
Online eText Edition: http://www.abacci.com/books/page/download.asp?bookID=3817
|Samuel Cozzens author, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 14
April, 1834; died in Thomaston, Georgia, 4 November, 1878. He was a lawyer,
and for a time United States district judge of Arizona. His published works
include" The Marvellous Country" (Boston, 1876); "The Young Trail-Hunters
Series," comprising "The Young Trail-Hunters," "Crossing the Quicksands,"
and "The Young Silver-Seekers" (1876 et seq.); and "Nobody's Husband" (1878).
Cozzens visited New Mexico and Arizona barely in time to see new US
Territories acquired in the Mexican War as they'd never be again. The Apache
was more-or-less at peace with the white men. The Texas Confederates hadn't
yet campaigned up the Rio Grande, causing Arizona to become a major conduit
for men and materials. Gold hadn't yet been discovered in either of the
two territories.Cozzens visited Tuscon, Tubac, Sacaton, Mesilla, Acoma,
Laguna and Zuni at a time when they were still new from the US perspective.
His descriptions of the people, the places and the times are well worth
reading again and again. A grizzly bear attacks their mule in the Zuni
Mountains. It must have been one of the last opportunities a mule had in
New Mexico for such an experience. The book is loaded with that sort of
thing. ~ Amazon.com
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