|About the Book|
George Who? is the common rejoinder to mention of George Ade. The question isnt heard so often in Indiana where Ade was born, but it is all to common elsewhere.George Ade was a genial satirist who made good in Chicago and became a literary tycoon in New York. He made America roar with laughter—millions read his syndicated fables, and thousands on and off Broadway enjoyed his comedies. Slick magazines hungered for his copy, and even William Dean Howells was impressed with his early promise of becoming one of Americas great realists.Laced with linguistic fire, George Ades satiric laughter and social criticism enjoyed widespread readership during the heyday of his career. Today he is remembered, if at all, for his fables in slang. That he was an important playwright during the first decade of the twentieth century few recall- yet, he was a champion of native American drama, and he left his mark upon our dramatic history. That story is told in detail in this book.Here also is the story of George Ade the small-town reporter, the big-town columnist, the nationally famous humorist, and the literary jack-of-all-trades.Rich with unpublished letters and other material available only in manuscript, Dr. Coyles book is the first full-length study of George Ades accomplishment. George Ade re-evaluates Ades genius and explains why his fame has vanished. This book is an important supplement to present histories of American humor, satire, and drama.