Damon Runyon


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Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was an American newspaperman and author.

He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective ... more »

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  • ''My boy ... always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you.''
    Damon Runyon (1884-1946), U.S. author. Cosmopolitan (New York, Aug. 1929). Feet Samuels, in "A Very Honourable Guy," Guys and Dolls (1931).
  • ''I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.''
    Damon Runyon (1884-1946), U.S. author. Collier's (New York, Sept. 8, 1934). Sam the Gonoph, in A Nice Price, Money from Home (1935).
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