Monday, October 04, 2010

Yet Another Forgotten Writer

"It's the birthday of the man who said, 'The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong — but that is the way to bet.' That's fiction writer and journalist Damon Runyon, (books by this author) born Alfred Damon Runyan in Manhattan, Kansas (1880). His mother died when he was young, and his three sisters grew up with various family members in Kansas. But young Alfred Damon was raised in Pueblo, Colorado, by his dad, who was a gambler, an alcoholic, a literature enthusiast, and a newspaperman."


Max Allan Collins said...

A great short story writer, a genuine artist, and hugely influential, Runyon ought to be revered by crime fiction buffs, but isn't particularly.

Unknown said...

He is by me. I first encountered him on radio (DAMON RUNYON THEATER) as a kid. Really loved that show.