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Guide to the Robert E. Bason Collection of Christopher Morley
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Christopher Darlington Morley was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1890, the son of the noted mathematician Frank Morley and his wife Lilian, a musician. Morley's family moved to Baltimore in 1900, but he returned to attend Haverford College from 1906 to 1910. He spent the following three years studying at Oxford University in England as a Rhodes scholar. While there, his first book of poems, The Eighth Sin (1912), was published by a prominent English bookseller. Returning to the United States, where he would eventually settle in New York, Morley worked as an editor and columnist, while finding success as a novelist. He married Helen Booth Fairchild in 1914, and they would have four children together. His first novel, Parnassus on Wheels, was published in 1917. His most popular novel, Kitty Foyle, was published in 1939 and the next year was made into a movie with Ginger Rogers. For the length of his career, Christopher Morley was very popular in literary, academic, theatrical, and publishing circles, and his nearly thirty-year service on the editorial board of the popular Book-Of-The-Month Club allowed him to exert a tremendous influence on the reading habits of America at large. After suffering a series of severe strokes, Morley died in March 1957.
.08 linear feet (2 document boxes)
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