Christopher Morley (Christopher Darlington Morley)
BiographyHaverford, Pennsylvania, USA
Christopher Morley was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1890. His father was a mathematics professor at Haverford College. As a child Morley was a dedicated bookworm. He was graduated from Haverford and won a Rhodes scholarship which enabled him to attend New College, Oxford. While there he published his first book, a volume of poems. He returned to the States; in 1913 he began work at Doubleday. His first novel, "Parnassus on Wheels", essentially a story about a bookmobile -- the first one -- was a success on both sides of the Atlantic, and he followed it with "The Haunted Bookshop". Read more... New York, he contributed to many magazines, and was a contributing editor of "The Saturday Review". Morley earned the loyalty of many who worked with and for him. He continued to publish short stories, plays, poems, and novels. Many, including stories for children, are still in print. His novel _Kitty Foyle (1940)_ starred 'Ginger Rodgers', who garnered an Academy Award for her performance. Dalton Trumbo adapted the novel for the screen, and earned his first Oscar nomination for this film. Morley had a deep love for the novels of 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' and even started a sort of appreciation "club" he called "The Standard Doyle Company". Witty and worldly, Morley was also considered gentle and kind. Morley said, "Cherish your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for your old age". He died in 1957.