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Day, Clarence: Life With Father. v1. 05 July 2012
By Clarence Day (1874 - 1935), the author of “God and My Father,” “Life With Mother,” “The Crow’s Nest,” “This Simian World,” etc.
Day’s most famous work is the autobiographical Life with Father, which detailed humorous episodes in his family’s life, centering on his domineering father. Scenes from the book, along with its 1932 predecessor, God and My Father, and its 1937 sequel, Life with Mother, were the basis for the 1939 play which became one of Broadway’s longest-running, non-musical hits. It was adapted for film in 1947, and as a popular television sitcom 1953–1955. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
The second in the trio of memoirs about the Day family, the book is a picture of New York upper middle class family life in the 1890s. The stories are filled with affectionate irony, and Day’s understated, matter-of-fact style underlines the comedy in everyday situations. The stories of his father, Clarence “Clare” Day, Senior, portray a rambunctious, overburdened Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family should be just so. The more he rails against his staff, his cook, his wife, his horse, salesmen, holidays, his children, and the inability of the world to live up to his impossible standards, the more comical and lovable he becomes to his own family who love him despite it all. (Adapted from publisher’s description.)
No illustrations (I believe these may have been illustrated when first published, if anyone knows of a source, please do let me know.) Decorative fonts for chapter-heads, tail decorations, and drop-caps. Large-cap version also available.
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