George Ade

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General Information

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Name: George Ade

Genre: Fiction

Born: February 9, 1866 in Kentland, Indiana

Died: May 16, 1944 in Brook, Indiana

Image Credit: Book of the Wit & Humor of America, v. 7 (of 10), 1907 - Project Gutenberg Text

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building

"Life is but a basket of potatoes. When the hard jolts come, the big will rise and the small will fall. The true, honest and brave will go to the top. The small-minded and ignorant must go to the bottom. If you would be a large potato, get an education, be honest, observing and careful and you will be jolted to the top." - George Ade, A Basket of Potatoes

Illinois Connection

Ade lived and wrote in Chicago from 1890 to about 1902.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Ade wrote a popular newspaper column, "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," for the Chicago Record between 1890 and 1900. These columns were the basis of Artie (1896), Pink Marsh (1897) and Doc Horne (1899). Ade's greatest success, however, was Fables in Slang (1899), a collection of short sketches that satirized turn-of-the-century manners in breezy vernacular language. Eleven other collections of fables followed. Ade also was a successful writer of musical comedies, including The College Widow (1904).

Published Works

  • Artie: A Story of the Streets and Town, H. S. Stone & Co., 1896
  • Circus Day, Werner, 1896
  • Pink Marsh: A Story of the Streets and Town, Grosset & Dunlap, 1897
  • Doc’ Horne: A Story of the Streets and Town, H. S. Stone & Co. 1899
  • Fables in Slang, Duffield & Co., 1899
  • More Fables, H. S. Stone & Co., 1900
  • Forty Modern Fables, Harper & Bros., 1901
  • The Girl Proposition, Harper & Bros., 1902
  • Strenuous Lad's Library", Bandar Log Press, 1903
  • In Babel; Stories of Chicago, McClure, Phillips & Co., 1903
  • People You Know, R. H. Russell, 1903
  • Breaking Into Society, Harper & Bros., 1904
  • True Bills, Harper & Bros., 1904
  • In Pastures New, McClure, Phillips & Co., 1906
  • The Slim Princess, Gay & Hancock, 1908
  • I Knew Him When: A Hoosier Fable Dealing With the Happy Days of Away Back Yonder, Indiana Society of Chicago, 1910
  • Hoosier Hand Book and True Guide for the Returning Exile, Indiana Society of Chicago, 1911
  • Knocking the Neighbors,Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912
  • Ade`s Fables, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1914
  • Hand Made Fables, Doubleday, 1920
  • Single Blessedness, and Other Observations, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1922
  • The Old-time Saloon, Not Wet--Not Dry, Just History, R. Long & R. R. Smith, 1931
  • Thirty Fables in Slang, Arrow Editions, 1933
  • One Afternoon With Mark Twain, The Mark Twain Society of Chicago, 1939
  • Notes & Reminiscences, Holiday Press, 1940

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Literary Awards

Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

External Links

George Ade on WorldCat


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