Mr. Dooley

Adams, Franklin P.
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p104
This article presents the author's experiences related to some literary work. The author says that when he was asked to write the introduction to a book of selections from the fictitious character "Mr. Dooley," his first thought was how his mother would have received such a piece of news. But it is even harder for him to realize that he could be performing such a task, and when the writer Finley Peter Dunne called him by his first name, which was at their first meeting, he went home on air, his hero, their household hero, had accepted him. The author says that about the time the "Dooley" sketches first appeared in The Evening Post, The Chicago Record printed a daily column called "Stories of the Streets and of the Town." The expression of that social consciousness, as articulated in the "Dooley" sketches, would never have been printed unless they had been written in dialect.


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