Guy Wetmore Carryl
Biography of Guy Wetmore Carryl
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 for Munsey's Magazine under Frank Munsey and he was later promoted to managing editor of the magazine. Later he went to work for Harper's Magazine and was sent to Paris. While in Paris he wrote for Life, Outing, Munsey’s, and Collier’s, as well as his own independent writings.
Some of Carryl's better-known works were his humorous poems that were parodies of Aesop's Fables, such as “The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven” and of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, such as “The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet,” poems which are still popular today. He also wrote a number of humorous parodies of Grimm's Fairy Tales, such as “How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten” and “How Fair Cinderella Disposed of Her Shoe.” His humorous poems usually ended with a pun on the words used in the moral of the story.
You are only absurd when you get in the curd,
But you’re rude when you get in the whey.
—from “The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet”
Guy Carryl died in 1904 at age 31 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. His death was thought to be a result of illness contracted from exposure while fighting a fire at his house a month earlier.
Guy Wetmore Carryl's Works:
* Fables for the Frivolous (with Apologies to La Fontaine) (1898) (see Jean de La Fontaine)
* Mother Goose for Grown-Ups (1900)
* Grimm Tales Made Gay (1902)
* The Lieutenant Governor (1902)
* Zut and Other Parisians (1903)
* The Transgression of Andrew Vane (1904)
* Far From the Maddening Girls (1904) (posthumous)
* The Garden of Years (1904) (posthumous)
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Guy Wetmore Carryl Poems
The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Rav...
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.
How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Ea...
Most worthy of praise Were the virtuous ways Of Little Red Riding Hood's Ma, And no one was ever
How A Girl Was Too Reckless Of Grammar
Matilda Maud Mackenzie frankly hadn't any chin, Her hands were rough, her feet she turned invariably in; Her general form was German,
How A Cat Was Annoyed And A Poet Was Boo...
A poet had a cat. There is nothing odd in that— (I might make a little pun about the Mews!)
How Rudeness And Kindness Were Justly Re...
Once on a time, long years ago (Just when I quite forget), Two maidens lived beside the Po, One blonde and one brunette.
The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull
Once, on a time and in a place Conducive to malaria, There lived a member of the race Of
Since the great, glad greeting of dawn from the eastern hills Triumphant ran with a shout to the woods below, With the song in his ears of the clearly clamoring rills He has lain, like a man of snow,
How The Helpmate Of Blue-Beard Made Free...
A maiden from the Bosphorus, With eyes as bright as phosphorus, Once wed the wealthy bailiff Of the caliph
The giant slept, and pigmies at his feet, Like children moulding monuments of snow, Piled stone on stone, mapped market-place and street, And saw their temples column-girdled grow:
The Vainglorious Oak And The Modest Bulr...
A bulrush stood on a river's rim, And an oak that grew near by Looked down with cold hauteur
The fog slunk down from Labrador, stealthy, sure, and slow, Southwardly shifting, far inshore, so never a man might know How the sea it trod with feet soft-shod, watching the distance dim, Where the fishing-fleet to the eastward beat, white dots on the ocean's rim.
How Fair Cinderella Disposed Of Her Shoe
The vainest girls in forty states Were Gwendolyn and Gladys Gates; They warbled slightly off the air, Romantic German songs,
How Beauty Contrived To Get Square With ...
Miss Guinevere Platt Was so beautiful that She couldn't remember the day When one of her swains...
How Jack Found That Beans May Go Back On...
Without the slightest basis For hypochondriasis A widow had forebodings which a cloud around her flung,
The light of suns unseen, through depths of sea descending,
Within her street awakes the ghost of noon
To bide its little hour and die unheeded, blending
Into her night that knows nor stars nor moon.
The hurrying feet of storms that trample o'er the surges
Arouse no echo in these silent deeps;
No thunder thrills her peace, no sword of lightning scourges
The dim, dead calm where lost Atlantis sleeps.