R. DOOLEY REMEMBERS by Finley Peter Dunne


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These are the informal memoirs of the creator of Mr. Mickey Dooley. They were loft with his oldest son who has provided a graceful preface explaining how they were written and why he has held them since his father's death in 1936. The prolific and financially successful political satirist whose biting brogue pieces penetrated the issues of every political regime from McKinley's through Wilson's (and more sporadically through to Hoover's) specialized in the explosion of the pompous. A formal autobiography would have been anathema as Dunne explains in the first essay. A man of many treasured friendships, his recollections concentrate on the men he knew and admired. There are long chapters on Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. There is a defense of Warren Harding and a discussion of the Irish in America. Each essay is preceded and expanded by the comments of Philip Dunne. There is an appendix of Mr. Dooley pieces (some favorite, others examples of Dunne's approach to his character) that should turn new readers and old acquaintances back to the Dooley anthologies.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1963
Publisher: Little, Brown (A.M.P.)