Category Archives: Misc. Items from the Web

Bitchy Bookseller….

Ran across a copy of a Eugene O’Neil book listed for sale at quite a sum. It’s inscribed by the author to DeCasseres… here is a reproduction of the text of that listing, my emphasis added.

O’NEILL, Eugene G.
Price: $7,500.00

New York: Boni and Liveright, (1921). First Edition INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper: “To Ben de Casseres/with all best–/Eugene O’Neill.” The recipient was an American journalist and author who thought too much of himself. Atkinson A 15-I-i.a: Binding A: 2200 copies published. THE EMPEROR JONES is subtitled “A study of the psychology of fear and of race superstition,” and DIFF’RENT is subtitled “The Story of a Sex-Starved Woman.” Frank Hogan’s gilt red morocco bookplate on the front pastedown. De Casseres’s name and address ink stamp on the front endpaper, half-title page, and title page with his bold pencil signature on the front blank. Both hinges cracked, the front moreso with the webbing showing and some looseness. Very Good in a Near Fine example of the very scarce dustwrapper (Item ID: 016408)

First legal drink at the Waldorf-Astoria

“The first legal drink at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, 1933,” Item #491

Black and white photograph depicting prominent author Benjamin DeCasseres just before taking the first legal drink at the Waldorf=Astoria on Park Avenue in 1933. By arrangement of United Press, Mr. DeCasseres waited in one of the Hotel’s private suites until the moment repeal was signed in Salt Lake City, Utah, whereupon the bon vivant was ready to take the first drink.

The Sounds of Moth Terror

LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Moth Terror by Benjamin De Casseres .
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 13, 2011.

Benjamin De Casseres was an American journalist and author. He worked for various New York City newspapers writing columns and editorials. He also wrote poetry, fiction, essays, and critical reviews. (wikipedia) This poem taken from The Second Book of Modern Verse: A Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, edited by Jessie B. Rittenhouse. (1869 – 1948)