Guy Wetmore Carryl

(1873-1904 / the United States)

Guy Wetmore Carryl
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Guy Wetmore Carryl (March 4, 1873 – April 1, 1904) was an American humorist and poet.

Carryl was born in New York City, the first-born of author Charles Edward Carryl and Mary R. Wetmore.

When he was only 20 years old he had his first article published in The New York Times. He graduated from Columbia University in 1895 when he was 22 years of age. During his college years he had written plays for amateur performances. One of his professors was Harry Thurston Peck, who was scandalized by Carryl’s famous quote “It takes two bodies to make one seduction,” which was a somewhat risqué statement for those times.

After graduation, in 1896 he became a staff writer ... more »

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The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven

A raven sat upon a tree,
And not a word he spoke, for
His beak contained a piece of Brie.
Or, maybe it was Roquefort.
We'll make it any kind you please -
At all events it was a cheese.

Beneath the tree's umbrageous limb
A hungry fox sat smiling;
He saw the raven watching him,
And spoke in words beguiling:
'J'admire,' said he, 'ton beau plumage!'
(The which was simply persiflage.)

Two things there are, no doubt you know,
To which a fox is used:
A rooster that is bound to crow,
A crow that's bound to roost;
And whichsoever he espies
He ...

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