Selected Poetry of Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960)
from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services,
University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto
Index to poems
- A Ballad of Baseball Burdens
- Baseball's Sad Lexicon
- Bricks and Straw
- The Flat-Hunter's Way
- Lines from a Plutocratic Poetaster to a Ditch-digger
- A New York Child's Garden of Verses
- A Psalm of Freudian Life
- To the Returned Girls
Notes on Life and Works
Born November 15, 1881, Franklin P. Adams worked for forty years as a leading New York newspaper daily columnist and wit penning light verse and a weekly diary that amused a large and literate audience. A few years after graduating from the Armour Scientific Academy in Chicago in 1899, Adams first entered journalism in Chicago. Then, moving to New York, Adams successfully published mass-market light verse up to the 1940s. He knew everyone in the literary world and even became a mentor to Dorothy Parker. Adams' columns, named "Always in Good Humour" and "The Conning Tower," came out in the New York Tribune, the New York World, the New York Herald Tribune, and the New York Post. During World War I he served in France as a captain in the US Intelligence Service. He married Minna Schwartze in 1904 and, after a divorce, Esther Sayles Root in 1925. Adams died in March 23, 1960, survived by his widow and four children.
Adams' books of verse include the following:
- Adams, Franklin P. In Cupid's Court. Evanston, Ill.: Lord, 1902.
- --. Tobogganning on Parnassus. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1911. LE A2121t Robarts Library
- --. In Other Words. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1912. LE A212li Robarts Library
- --. By and Large. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1914. PS 3501 D24 B8 1914 SC103E1 York University
- --. Weights and Measures. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1917. LE A2121w Robarts Library
- --. Among Us Mortals. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1917. PN 6161 H53 York University
- --. Something Else Again. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1920. Toronto Reference Library
- --. Overset. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1922.
- --. So There!. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1923.
- --. So Much Velvet. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1924. PS3501 .D24 S46 Robarts Library
- --. Half a Loaf. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1927.
- --. Christopher Columbus and Other Patriotic Verses. New York: Viking, 1931. Toronto Reference Library
- --. The Melancholy Lute: Selected Songs of Thirty Years. New York: Viking, 1936. PS 3501 D24 M4 1936 SC103E3 York University
- --. Nods and Becks. London & New York: McGraw-Hill, 1944. PS 3501 D24 N6 SC103E3 York University
Given name: Franklin P.
Family name: Adams
Birth date: 15 November 1881
Death date: 23 March 1960
Armour Scientific Academy to 1899
University of Michigan: 1914 to 1914
Honour: Distinguished Service to Lit., Sat. Review: 1940
Occupation: Journalist: 1903 to 1941
First RPO edition: 2003