George Ade (1866 – 1944) American Writer

George Ade

George Ade, an amusin’ cuss. Chicago has been nervous and irritable for the past two years for fear he’d learn to like New York. But he’ll never leave. No one possessing the plain, homelike quality of face herewith reproduced would ever leave those who have been kind. Chicago gave him his first opportunity. Regardless of his gait or the way he cultivated a Hamlet face, Chicago kept reading what he had to say, and then palmed things off on the other cities. In this advanced age Mr. Ade’s English is awful — but he is attending late night-school. (from The Burr McIntosh monthly 1903)

George Ade (February 9, 1866 – May 16, 1944) was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright.

George Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade. While attending Purdue University, he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also met and started a lifelong friendship with fellow cartoonist and Sigma Chi brother John T. McCutcheon and worked as a reporter for the Lafayette Call. He graduated in 1887.

In 1890 Ade joined the Chicago Morning News, which later became the Chicago Record, where McCutcheon was working. He wrote the column, Stories of the Streets and of the Town. In the column, which McCutcheon illustrated, George Ade illustrated Chicago life. It featured characters like Artie, an office boy; Doc Horne, a gentlemanly liar; and Pink Marsh, a black shoeshine boy. Ade’s well-known “fables in slang” also made their first appearance in this popular column.

Ade’s literary reputation rests upon his achievements as a great humorist of American character during an important era in American history: the first large wave of migration from the countryside to burgeoning cities like Chicago, where, in fact, Ade produced his best fiction.  (from Wikipedia)


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