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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

  1. A Ballad of Baseball Burdens
  2. Baseball's Sad Lexicon
  3. Bricks and Straw
  4. The Flat-Hunter's Way
  5. Lines from a Plutocratic Poetaster to a Ditch-digger
  6. A New York Child's Garden of Verses
  7. A Psalm of Freudian Life
  8. 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:

Biographical information

Given name: Franklin P.
Family name: Adams
Birth date: 15 November 1881
Death date: 23 March 1960
Nationality: American
Education
          Armour Scientific Academy to 1899
          University of Michigan: 1914 to 1914
Honour: Distinguished Service to Lit., Sat. Review: 1940
Occupation: Journalist: 1903 to 1941
Illness: arteriosclerosis
First RPO edition: 2003