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Runyon, Damon: A to Izzard (collected short fiction). v1. 30 Jan 2017

Collected short fiction--264 pieces -- by Damon Runyon (1880-1946)

The contents of this book were first published 1907 ~ 1946.
The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where copyright is “Life+70” or less.

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Alfred Damon Runyan (re-christened “Runyon” through a printer’s error early in his career) was an American sports writer, journalist, and short story writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, in his distinctive vernacular style known as “Runyonese”: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions.

Runyon’s fictional world is perhaps best known today through the musical Guys and Dolls (based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure”); the movie that made Shirley Temple a star, Little Miss Marker, and its remakes; and the movie Lady for a Day, remade as Pocketful of Miracles (based on “Madame La Gimp”).

(—Extracted and adapted from Wikipedia.)

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Runyon’s short fiction appears in numerous collections (15 titles during his lifetime, and at least a dozen more posthumously), with many of the pieces being recycled multiple times.

This collection is my own compilation. A to Izzard includes all the Broadway stories, presented in chronological order. Stories from other “series” may be missing, due to unavailability of source material. This is the first appearance in any collection for the “Grandpap Mugg” and “Chelsea McBride” pieces. I have added an Index of Titles, and a bibliography of Runyon’s work.

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You will find here stories and sketches full of humor, nostalgia, sharp satire, cynical noir, and much more. If you are only familiar with the "Broadway" stories, you owe it to yourself to give a peek to Runyon's other works as well.

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