Toboganning on Parnassus Franklin P. Adams

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Toboganning on Parnassus  by  Franklin P. Adams

Toboganning on Parnassus by Franklin P. Adams
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Although he published a rare book of juvenilia ten years before, Tobogganing on Parnassus is the first important book by the dean of the Algonquin Round Table, Franklin Pierce Adams (“FPA”). The light verse collected came mostly from his column “Always in Good Humor”, published in the New York Evening Mail, along with a few pieces published in popular magazines.

Adams was known for having a deft ear for rhythm and rhyme and burlesqued Roman poets by translating them into colloquial language of his day. Other poems in the book include satiric Christmas cards to those annoying him as well as chronicling the failure of the Adams household to secure a reliable, competent cook or live in a comfortable, quiet neighborhood. Many of the urban annoyances he faced hasn’t changed much in the past hundred years. Followed by In Other Words (1913).



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