Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gene Markey: Heywood Broun's Blight

Sportswriter, columnist, and Algonquin Round Table diner Heywood Broun is the subject of a published caricature by Gene Markey. The drawing is dated 1922, and it was collected in Markey's book Literary Lights: A Book of Caricatures the following year. Harvard graduate Broun is here shown working at his desk, quill pen in hand. He is writing unfavorable book reviews, or "blighting an entire crop of spring novels" as the caption reads. Meanwhile his son, Heywood Hale Broun (his nightshirt is monogrammed H2), is being reared happily on Aeschylus. Not bad for a four year old.

Gene Markey, Heywood Broun, blighting an entire crop of spring novels.
From Literary Lights:  A Book of Caricatures, Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.

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Heywood Broun shuffling papers.  Note the name of fellow Algonquin Round Table member Deems Taylor on the poster.
Gene Markey, Heywood Broun, blighting an entire crop of spring novels.
From Literary Lights:  A Book of Caricatures, Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.


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