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Christopher Morley PARNASSUS ON WHEELS 1917 First
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Christopher Morley PARNASSUS ON WHEELS 1917 First Edition Author-Signed Inscribed Fiction First Novel Traveling Book-Selling Business Womans Perspective Book Mobile American Writer Essayist Poet Journalist Roger Mifflin Helen McGill Andrew McGill

Title: Parnassus on Wheels
Author: Christopher Morley - Christopher Morley was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years and gave college lectures.

Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Morley, was a mathematics professor at Haverford College; his mother, Lilian Janet Bird, was a violinist who provided Christopher with much of his later love for literature and poetry.
In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1906 Christopher entered Haverford College, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford, for three years on a Rhodes scholarship, studying modern history.
In 1913 Morley completed his Oxford studies and moved to New York City, New York. On 14 June 1914, he married Helen Booth Fairchild, with whom he would have four children, including Louise Morley Cochrane. They first lived in Hempstead, and then in Queens Village. They then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in 1920 they made their final move, to a house they called "Green Escape" in Roslyn Estates, New York. They remained there for the rest of his life. In 1936 he built a cabin at the rear of the property (The Knothole), which he maintained as his writing study from then on.
In 1951 Morley suffered a series of strokes, which greatly reduced his voluminous literary output. He died on March 28, 1957, and was buried in the Roslyn Cemetery in Nassau County, New York. After his death, two New York newspapers published his last message to his friends:
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."

Morley began writing while still in college. He edited The Haverfordian and contributed articles to that college publication. He provided scripts for and acted in the college's drama program. He played on the cricket and soccer teams.
In Oxford a volume of his poems, "The Eighth Sin" (1912), was published. After graduating from Oxford, Morley began his literary career at Doubleday, working as publicist and publisher's reader. In 1917 he got his start as an editor for Ladies' Home Journal (1917–1918), then as a newspaper reporter and newspaper columnist in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger.
Morley's first novel, "Parnassus on Wheels," appeared in 1917. The protagonist, traveling bookseller Roger Mifflin, appeared again in his second novel, "The Haunted Bookshop" in 1919.
In 1920 he returned to New York City to write a column (The Bowling Green) for the New York Evening Post.
He was one of the founders and a longtime contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the "Three Hours for Lunch Club." Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he helped to found the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote an introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Works of Shakespeare in 1936, although Morley called it an "Introduction to Yourself as a Reader of Shakespeare." That year, he was appointed to revise and enlarge "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" (11th edition in 1937 and 12th edition in 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book of the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s.
Author of more than 100 novels, books of essays, and volumes of poetry, Morley is probably best known for his 1939 novel "Kitty Foyle," which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Another well-known work is "Thunder on the Left" (1925).
From 1928 to 1930, Morley co-produced theater productions (dramas) at his theaters in Hoboken, New Jersey, which he had "deemed the last seacoast in Bohemia."
For most of his life, he lived in Roslyn Estates, Nassau County, Long Island, commuting to the city on the Long Island Rail Road, about which he wrote affectionately. In 1961, a 98-acre (40-hectare) park was named in his honor on Searingtown Road in Nassau County. This park preserves as a publicly available point of interest his studio, the "Knothole" (which was moved to the site after his death), along with his furniture and bookcases.
Publisher: Doubleday, Page and Company
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1917
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 190 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: Bound in tan paper and cloth with the image of a horse-drawn carriage on the front cover (the spine does not seem to correspond to Ashby's first binding and is perhaps a trial binding). An inscription by the author on the front flyleaf reads: To my very dear / Page and Mary / to remind them of the vanished by let us hope immortal pair of skylarkers-Mifflin and Andrew McGill/ from the perpetrator / CM ; July 31, 1917. The book is housed in a custom clamshell box covered in green cloth.

Parnassus on Wheels is Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The title refers to the Mount Parnassus of Greek mythology; it was the home of the Muses. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking care of her older brother, Andrew. Andrew is a former businessman turned farmer, turned author. As an author, he begins using the farm as his Muse rather than a livelihood. When Mifflin shows up with his traveling bookstore, Helen buys it—partly to prevent Andrew from buying it—and partly to treat herself to a long-overdue adventure of her own. The first of two novels to be written from a woman's perspective, as well as the prequel to a later novel (The Haunted Bookshop), Parnassus on Wheels was inspired by the novel The Friendly Road by David Grayson (pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker), and starts with an open letter to Grayson, taking him to task for not concerning himself (except in passing) with his sister's opinion of and reaction to his adventure.

Condition / Notes: This book shows moderate external wear, with light soiling to covers and minor loss at outside corners. The binding is sound. Dealer's cards with bibliographical annotations are attached to front pastedown. Pages exhibit occasional light foxing at margins. The book is preserved in new green cloth clamshell case.

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Christopher Morley PARNASSUS ON WHEELS 1917 First Edition Author-Signed Inscribed Fiction First Novel Traveling Book-Selling Business Womans Perspective Book Mobile American Writer Essayist Poet Journalist Roger Mifflin Helen McGill Andrew McGill

Title: Parnassus on Wheels
Author: Christopher Morley - Christopher Morley was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years and gave college lectures.

Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Morley, was a mathematics professor at Haverford College; his mother, Lilian Janet Bird, was a violinist who provided Christopher with much of his later love for literature and poetry.
In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1906 Christopher entered Haverford College, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford, for three years on a Rhodes scholarship, studying modern history.
In 1913 Morley completed his Oxford studies and moved to New York City, New York. On 14 June 1914, he married Helen Booth Fairchild, with whom he would have four children, including Louise Morley Cochrane. They first lived in Hempstead, and then in Queens Village. They then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in 1920 they made their final move, to a house they called "Green Escape" in Roslyn Estates, New York. They remained there for the rest of his life. In 1936 he built a cabin at the rear of the property (The Knothole), which he maintained as his writing study from then on.
In 1951 Morley suffered a series of strokes, which greatly reduced his voluminous literary output. He died on March 28, 1957, and was buried in the Roslyn Cemetery in Nassau County, New York. After his death, two New York newspapers published his last message to his friends:
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."

Morley began writing while still in college. He edited The Haverfordian and contributed articles to that college publication. He provided scripts for and acted in the college's drama program. He played on the cricket and soccer teams.
In Oxford a volume of his poems, "The Eighth Sin" (1912), was published. After graduating from Oxford, Morley began his literary career at Doubleday, working as publicist and publisher's reader. In 1917 he got his start as an editor for Ladies' Home Journal (1917–1918), then as a newspaper reporter and newspaper columnist in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger.
Morley's first novel, "Parnassus on Wheels," appeared in 1917. The protagonist, traveling bookseller Roger Mifflin, appeared again in his second novel, "The Haunted Bookshop" in 1919.
In 1920 he returned to New York City to write a column (The Bowling Green) for the New York Evening Post.
He was one of the founders and a longtime contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the "Three Hours for Lunch Club." Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he helped to found the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote an introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Works of Shakespeare in 1936, although Morley called it an "Introduction to Yourself as a Reader of Shakespeare." That year, he was appointed to revise and enlarge "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" (11th edition in 1937 and 12th edition in 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book of the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s.
Author of more than 100 novels, books of essays, and volumes of poetry, Morley is probably best known for his 1939 novel "Kitty Foyle," which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Another well-known work is "Thunder on the Left" (1925).
From 1928 to 1930, Morley co-produced theater productions (dramas) at his theaters in Hoboken, New Jersey, which he had "deemed the last seacoast in Bohemia."
For most of his life, he lived in Roslyn Estates, Nassau County, Long Island, commuting to the city on the Long Island Rail Road, about which he wrote affectionately. In 1961, a 98-acre (40-hectare) park was named in his honor on Searingtown Road in Nassau County. This park preserves as a publicly available point of interest his studio, the "Knothole" (which was moved to the site after his death), along with his furniture and bookcases.
Publisher: Doubleday, Page and Company
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1917
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 190 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: Bound in tan paper and cloth with the image of a horse-drawn carriage on the front cover (the spine does not seem to correspond to Ashby's first binding and is perhaps a trial binding). An inscription by the author on the front flyleaf reads: To my very dear / Page and Mary / to remind them of the vanished by let us hope immortal pair of skylarkers-Mifflin and Andrew McGill/ from the perpetrator / CM ; July 31, 1917. The book is housed in a custom clamshell box covered in green cloth.

Parnassus on Wheels is Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The title refers to the Mount Parnassus of Greek mythology; it was the home of the Muses. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking care of her older brother, Andrew. Andrew is a former businessman turned farmer, turned author. As an author, he begins using the farm as his Muse rather than a livelihood. When Mifflin shows up with his traveling bookstore, Helen buys it—partly to prevent Andrew from buying it—and partly to treat herself to a long-overdue adventure of her own. The first of two novels to be written from a woman's perspective, as well as the prequel to a later novel (The Haunted Bookshop), Parnassus on Wheels was inspired by the novel The Friendly Road by David Grayson (pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker), and starts with an open letter to Grayson, taking him to task for not concerning himself (except in passing) with his sister's opinion of and reaction to his adventure.

Condition / Notes: This book shows moderate external wear, with light soiling to covers and minor loss at outside corners. The binding is sound. Dealer's cards with bibliographical annotations are attached to front pastedown. Pages exhibit occasional light foxing at margins. The book is preserved in new green cloth clamshell case.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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