Alfred Dmon Runyon was born in 1884 in Manhattan, Kansas. During WWI he became a war correspondent, and he continued to write after the war. Runyion's stories are highly original and lively evocations of Broadway low-life and the New York sporting scene. Initially collected in Guys and Dolls (1932), other collections include Blue Plate Special (1934) amd Take it Easy (1938). He died in 1946.
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