Ade, George, 1866-1944

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Birth 1866-02-09
Death 1944-05-16

Biographical notes:

Hoosier journalist, humorist, and playwright best known for his Chicago Record column, "Stories of the streets and of the town," which was illustrated by John T. McCutcheon; for his syndicated "Fables in slang;" and for his Broadway plays including The college widow and The county chairman.

From the description of George Ade papers, 1871-1970. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 41996200

George Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1887. After graduation he worked in Chicago as a reporter and columnist, and later became a playwright. He built a house near Brook, Indiana in Newton County called Hazelden Farm. Ade died on 16 May 1944 and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

From the description of Letter, 6 May 1923. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70286640

American humorist George Ade came from a rural Indiana background. Educated at Purdue, he held various newspaper jobs before finding success as a journalist in Chicago. His glib, accessible, witty style and gift for language made even the most mundane story popular. He went on to write books, short stories, plays, and librettos, always in a humorous vein to great popular success. He had a lasting influence on American humorists such as Ring Lardner, Don Marquis, Damon Runyon, and James Thurber, among others.

From the description of George Ade letter and postal card, 1910-1943. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 63147332

American author and playwright.

From the guide to the George Ade letters, 1901-1937, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Author George Ade, a Kentland, Indiana native and Purdue University alumnus.

From the description of George Ade papers, 1878-1947, bulk 1890-1943. (Purdue University Library). WorldCat record id: 62615610

American author, humorist, and dramatist.

Typewritten and signed letter, dated 21 Nov. 1901, addressed to Barton O. Aylesworth, and composed on "George Ade, Rm 214 Record-Herald Building, Chicago" stationary. Ade responds to Aylesworth's request and outlines his life and writing career. Also included is the envelope by which the letter was sent.

From the description of Letter and autograph, 1901-1917. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367558950


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