Damon Runyon Biography

Alfred Damon Runyon 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 "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit," "Benny Southstreet," "Big Jule," "Harry the Horse," "Good Time Charley," "Dave the Dude," or "The Seldom Seen Kid." His distinctive vernacular style is known as "Runyonese": a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. He is credited with coining the phrase "Hooray Henry", a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Damon Runyon
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Journalist, Author, Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1880
Astrological Sign:
Libra
Date of Death:
December 10, 1946
Age at Death:
66
Cause of Death:
Laryngeal cancer
Marriages
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