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Christopher Morley

Birthdate: 5. May 1890
Date of death: 28. March 1957
Other names: Christopher Darlington Morley

Christopher Morley was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years and gave college lectures.

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Works

The Haunted Bookshop
The Haunted Bookshop
Christopher Morley
Parnassus on Wheels
Parnassus on Wheels
Christopher Morley
Where the Blue Begins
Where the Blue Begins
Christopher Morley
Travels in Philadelphia
Travels in Philadelphia
Christopher Morley

„That's what makes it worth while — I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of.“

—  Christopher Morley, book Parnassus on Wheels

Parnassus on Wheels (1917)
Context: "Lord!" he said, "when you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by — just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation — yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stunted minds — and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what makes it worth while — I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It's a new field, but by the bones of Whitman, it's worth while. That's what this country needs — more books!"

„Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years.“

—  Christopher Morley, book The Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop (1919)
Context: Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.

„But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.“

—  Christopher Morley, book The Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop (1919)
Context: Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.

„When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.“

—  Christopher Morley, book Parnassus on Wheels

Variant: When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.
Source: Parnassus on Wheels

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„There's no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.“

—  Christopher Morley

Variant: There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
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