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Lifetime: 1877 - 1949 Passed: ≈ 75 years ago


Author, Poet, Editor


United States

Charles Hanson Towne

He authored numerous volumes of poetry, novels, plays, travel essays, an etiquette book, song cycles, lyrics for musicals and operettas, and memoirs. Much of his writing celebrates New York City, most notably his work Manhattan: A Poem (1909) and his books of reminiscences. Towne was felt by many to the quintessential New Yorker. From 1931-1937 he wrote a personal and literary column for the New York American, taught a poetry course at Columbia University and in 1940 joined the touring company of the Broadway hit, Life With Father. In 1945 Towne summed up his career with the autobiography, So Far, So Good.

Charles Hanson Towne (1877-1949), was an author, editor, and popular New York celebrity. He moved from Kentucky to New York City with his family at the age of three. Towne began his literary career quite early as the eleven year old "publisher" of the Unique Monthly, a children's magazine written by and for Towne and his friends. After a year at City College, Towne got his first break as an editorial assistant at Cosmopolitan magazine.

Books by Charles Hanson Towne

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The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

History Non-Fiction
Crime Politics Literature Civil and Political Rights Policies United States Prohibition

The strange phenomenon of Prohibition, after an appearance amongst us of over three years, is still non-understandable to the majority of a great, and so-called free, people. It is one of the most astonishing manifestations the world has ever witness...

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Beyond the Stars

Charles Hanson Towne was a well known editor, author and poet. He was a popular New York celebrity who was considered by many as being the quintessential New Yorker. Besides being the editor at such magazines as Smart Set, Delineator, McClure’s, Desi...