Scope and Content note
This collection is comprised of twelve volumes of the scrapbooks of Christopher D Morley's column, "The Bowling Green," which was published in the New York Evening Post. Morley's column includes poetry, short essays, and literary reviews and analysis written by himself, as well as letters written to him from readers, and poetry written by a variety of poets.
Christopher Darlington Morley (May 1890-1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet. Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., the son of Frank Morley, a mathematics professor at Haverford College, and Lillian Janet Bird, a violinist. Morley attended Haverford College and graduated as valedictorian in 1910. Morley was a Rhodes scholar at Oford following his graduation, and he completed his studies there in 1913 and moved to New York City. In 1914, Morley married Helen Booth Fairchild, and the couple had four children.
Morley began writing while in college, when he edited the Haverfordian. A book of his poetry, "The Eigth Sin," was published while he was at Oxford (1912), he was the editor of the Ladies' Home Journal (1917-1918), a reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, and he wrote a column, "The Bowling Green," for the New York Evening Post. Morley published more than 100 novels, collections of essays, and volumes of poetry, and his best known novel, Kitty Foyle (1939) was adapted to film. Morley was the founder and a contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature, and due to his enthusiasm for Sherlock Holmes, he helped found the Baker Street Irregulars.
Morley died in 1957.