Happy Birthday to the Intense Robert McAlmon

This mesmerizing gent is writer and publisher Robert McAlmon, who was born on 9 March 1895.

Robert McAlmon

Robert McAlmon, one of my great inspirations, looking spiffy.

QUOTE: “He (Owen Johnson) didn’t have to argue with me about the beginning of the jazz and the flapper age. It began actively for me when I was fourteen. As a child I had noted it without curiosity in my elders. That means the jazz age proper and the flappers were going strong before 1910, some years before Scott Fitzgerald was beyond his own childhood. It was in its heyday when Irene and Vernon Castle were famous as ballroom dancers, and none of us as children considered ourselves grown up unless we could bonton, pigeon-trot, barn-dance, Spanish tango, or turkey-walk our two hundred miles a week of so-called dancing. In those days the hobble skirt and the sheath gown were creating a sensation, and I remember seeing the smart young ladies from the university doing a step or two on the street corners as they waited for the streetcar to come along.”

SOME WORKS: Village: As it Happened Through a Fifteen Year Period; A Companion Volume; The Portrait of a Generation; North America, Continent of Conjecture; Being Geniuses Together: An Autobiography.

FUN FACT: In 1923, Robert McAlmon started the Contact Publishing Company. It is in this capacity, more than any other, that he ranks as one of my great professional inspirations.

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to the Intense Robert McAlmon

  1. Very interesting, maedez. The things I learn when I read your blog! I am learning more about American literature – that the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was quite the historical event, marking the beginning of the modernist age of literature and music, specifically jazz.


    • Thanks for the sweet compliment. I write about the things I find interesting, which is definitely an odd assortment of loosely-related people and subjects. I discover new things every day, too.


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