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Seeing Things at Night

Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun
By: (1888-1939)

This Book is a collection of humorous short stories which describe the comedy in everyday things and situations.

First Page:

SEEING THINGS AT NIGHT

BY HEYWOOD BROUN

[Illustration: colophon]

NEW YORK HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY 1921

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY, INC.

PRINTED IN THE U. S. A. BY THE QUINN & BODEN COMPANY RAHWAY, N. J.

TO HEYWOOD BROUN, 3RD

Introduction

The first difficulty was the title. It was felt that Seeing Things at Night might suggest theatrical essays to the exclusion of anything else. That was not the author's intention. He meant to suggest rather newspaper articles of any sort done more or less on the spur of the moment for next day's consumption. There was also some question as to the order in which the various "pieces" should be arranged. The author was tempted to follow the example of Adolf Wolff, a free verse poet who published a volume some years ago called Songs, Sighs and Curses , and explained in a foreword, "When asked in what sequence he would arrange his poems, Wolff threw the manuscripts in the air, saying 'Let Fate decide.' They now appear in the order in which they were picked up from the floor... Continue reading book >>


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