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A Treasury of Damon Runyon

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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Published January 12th 1978 by Modern Library (first published 1958)
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Tim
Nov 13, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my father’s favorite songs was “Ace in the Hole,” I believe written by Johnny Mercer, in the early 1940’s. It tells of those on the fringe of society during the Depression and thereabouts, specifically on Broadway in New York. I proudly sang it at Dad’s funeral. I reproduce it herein, in its entirety:

This town is full of guys who think they're mighty wise
Just because they know a thing or two
You can find them every day strolling up and down Broadway
Telling of the wonders they can do
There's
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Taraza
May 21, 2011 Taraza rated it it was amazing
Damon Runyon writes of the Broadway types of the 1930's, of guys and dolls, bookies, bootleggers, double-crossing sweethearts, race touts and more. A sample of his witty writing is "Hold 'Em Yale," where the narrator's friend is looking for a ticket scalper who cheated him. "In fact, the nearest Sam ever comes to a college is once when he is passing through the yard belonging to the Princetons, but Sam is on the fly at the time as a gendarme is after him, so he does not really see much of the ...more
Hasan
Apr 06, 2010 Hasan rated it it was amazing
Always good stories with good characters from times when hoods were nice guys - someone must still like Runyon stories because Guys and Dolls always reappears on Broadway. The musical makes a come back, but you don't hear of many people described as "Romanesque" these days - not sure if it is because there aren't any or no one knows Damon Runyon any more.
Keith
Sep 18, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
An excellent collectiion of pieces and stories, all of which will be familiar to anyone with a knowledge of or interest in the works of Damon Runyon. So easy to dip into and pass an enjoyable five or ten minues...or an hour!
Jane
Apr 12, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is maybe the best all-around taste of Runyon out there. A little poetry, a lot of stories, a bit of the Turps, a little reporting, My Old Home Town, and a few of the last stories.
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Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was an American newspaperman and writer.

Damon Runyon was born as Alfred Damon Runyan to a family of newspapermen in Manhattan, Kansas. His grandfather was a newspaper printer from New Jersey who had relocated to Manhattan, Kansas in 1855, and his father was editor of his own newspaper in the town. In 1882 Runyon's father was forced to sell
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