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George Ade

George Ade
Born February 9, 1866(1866-02-09)
Kentland, Indiana
Died May 16, 1944
Brook, Indiana
Occupation American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright

George Ade (February 9, 1866 - May 16, 1944) was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Kentland is a town in Newton County, Indiana, United States. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brook is a town located in Newton County, Indiana. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ...


Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade. While attending Purdue University, he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also met and started a lifelong friendship with fellow cartoonist and Sigma Chi brother John T. McCutcheon and worked as a reporter for the Lafayette Call. He graduated in 1887. Kentland is a town in Newton County, Indiana, United States. ... Purdue redirects here. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... John Tinney McCutcheon (May 6, 1870-June 10, 1949) was an American newspaper political cartoonist. ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ...


In 1890 Ade joined the Chicago Morning News, which later became the Chicago Record, where McCutcheon was working. He wrote the column, Stories of the Streets and of the Town. In the column, which McCutcheon illustrated, George Ade illustrated Chicago-life. It featured characters like Artie, an office boy; Doc Horne, a gentlemanly liar; and Pink Marsh, a black shoeshine boy. Ade's well-known "fables in slang" also made their first appearance in this popular column. Year 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Ade's literary reputation rests upon his achievements as a great humorist of American character during an important era in American history: the first large wave of migration from the countryside to burgeoning cities like Chicago, where, in fact, Ade produced his best fiction. He was a practicing realist during the Age of (William Dean) Howells and a local colorist of Chicago and the Midwest. His work constitutes a vast comedy of Midwestern manners, and therefore, by logical extension, a comedy of American manners at a significant juncture in the development of indigenous American culture. A humorist is an author who specializes in short, humorous articles or essays. ...


Throughout his fiction he dealt consistently with the "little man," the commonplace, undistinguished, average American, usually a farmer or citizen in the lower middle class. (He sometimes skewered women as well as men, especially women with laughable social pretensions.) His incessant attention to the common man or woman is undoubtedly a significant literary reflection of American democracy in process; it places Ade as one of the foremost humorists of American democracy.


Ade's followed in the footsteps of his idol Mark Twain by making distinctive use of the American language. In his unique "Fables in Slang," which purveyed not so much slang per se but rather the American colloquial vernacular, Ade pursued an effectively genial satire that is notable for its scrupulous objectivity. Ade's regular practice in the best fables is to present a little drama incorporating concrete, specific evidence with which he implicitly indicts the object of his satire--always a type (e.g., the social climber). The actual moral of his fables is virtually always implicit, though he customarily tacked on a mock, often ironic moral (e.g., "Industry and perseverance bring a sure reward"). Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ...


As a moralist who does not overtly moralize, who is all too aware of the ironies of what in his day was the modern world, George Ade can readily be termed our first modern American humorist. Through the values implicit in the fables, Ade manifests an ambivalence between the traditional rural virtues in which he was raised (the virtues of Horatio Alger and the McGuffey Readers) and the craftiness he saw all around him in Chicago, where the population was exploding. A moralist is a person for whom moral conduct, morality, and the correctness of moral thought are paramount. ... Horatio Alger, Jr. ...


The United States, as it underwent the travail of a gigantic population shift and transfer from an agricultural to an industrial economy, suffered the even more agonizing process of shifting values toward philistinism, greed, and dishonesty. Ade's prevalent practice is to record, as on moving picture film, the pragmatic efforts of the little man to get along in such a world.


Ade propounds a golden mean, satirizing both hidebound adherence to obsolete standards and too-easy adjustment to new standards. His view is often an ambiguous, ambivalent, pragmatic reaction to the changing scene, but it remains an invaluable literary reflection of the conflicting moral tensions resident in our national culture at the turn of the century.


Ade was a playwright as well as an author, penning such stage works as Artie, The Sultan of Sulu(a musical comedy), The College Widow, The Fair Co-ed, and "The County Chairman". He wrote the first American play about football.


After twelve years in Chicago, he built a home near the town of Brook, Indiana (Newton County). It soon became known for hosting a campaign stop in 1908 by William Howard Taft, a rally for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party in 1912, and a homecoming for soldiers and sailors in 1919. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Brook is a town located in Newton County, Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... For other persons named William Howard Taft, see William Howard Taft (disambiguation). ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ... The term Progressive Party is used to describe several groups, both past and present, around the world. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ...


George Ade is one of the American writers whose publications made him rich. When land values were inflated about the time of World War I, Ade was a millionaire. The Ross-Ade football stadium at Purdue University was built with his (and David E. Ross's) financial support. He also generously supported his college fraternity, Sigma Chi, leading a fund-raising campaign to endow the Sigma Chi mother house at the site of the fraternity's original establishment at Miami University. Ade is also famous among Sigma Chis as the author of The Sigma Chi Creed, one of the central documents of the fraternity's philosophies. Ross-Ade Stadium is a stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... Purdue redirects here. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... , This article is about the university in Oxford, Ohio. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ...


George Ade died in Brook, Indiana. He is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Brook is a town located in Newton County, Indiana. ...


Works

  • The Sigma Chi Creed (1887)
  • Artie. A story of the streets and town (1896)
  • Pink Marsh : a story of the streets and town (1897)
  • Doc' Horne (1899)
  • Fables in slang (1899)
  • More fables (1900)
  • American vacations in Europe (1901)
  • Forty modern fables (1901)
  • Ki-Ram (1901)
  • Girl proposition (1902)
  • The County Chairman (1903)
  • Handsome Cyril, or, The messenger boy with the warm feet (1903)
  • In Babel; stories of Chicago (1903)
  • People you know (1903)
  • Strenuous lad's library (1903)
  • Sultan of Sulu; an original satire in two acts (1903)
  • Breaking into society (1904)
  • The College Widow (1904)
  • Sho gun, an original comic opera in two acts (1904)
  • True bills (1904)
  • Round about Cairo, with and without the assistance of the dragoman or Simon Legree of the Orient (1906)
  • Slim princess (1907)
  • Fair co-ed (1909)
  • Old town (1909)
  • I Knew Him When : a Hoosier fable dealing with the happy days of away back yonder (1910)
  • Hoosier hand book and true guide for the returning exile (1911)
  • Verses and jingles (1911)
  • Just out of college; a light comedy in three acts (1912)
  • Knocking the neighbors (1913)
  • Ade's fables (1914)
  • Invitation to you and your folks from Jim and some more of the home folks (1916)
  • Marse Covington; a play in one act (1918)
  • Hand-made fables (1920)
  • Single blessedness, and other observations (1922)
  • Mayor and the manicure; a play in one act (1923)
  • Nettie, a play in one act (1923)
  • Speaking to father; a play in one act (1923)
  • Father and the boys; a comedy-drama (1924)
  • On the Indiana trail (1930)
  • Old-time saloon: not wet--not dry, just history (1931)
  • Thirty fables in slang (1933)
  • One afternoon with Mark Twain (1939)
  • Notes & reminiscences (with John T. McCutcheon) (1940)

George Ade in Fiction

Cover Art by Bob Aul & W Bosley Wonder of the Worlds by Sesh Heri, published 2005 by Lost Continent Library, is the first in a trilogy of novels featuring secret agent Harry Houdini facing off against a Martian invasion in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ... Wonder of the Worlds By Sesh Heri From graphic novel illustrated by Sesh Heri Sesh Heri (born 1955) is a theorist, illustrator and an author of fiction and non-fiction. ...

External links

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  • Works by George Ade at Project Gutenberg
  • Literary Rewards Article
  • Over 100 George Ade stories read in Mister Ron's Basement Podcast, now indexed to make them easy to find
  • George Ade Digital Exhibit at Purdue University Libraries The Libraries Archives and Special Collections holds many of Ade's original works.

  Results from FactBites:
 
George Ade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1006 words)
Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade.
Ade's regular practice in the best fables is to present a little drama incorporating concrete, specific evidence with which he implicitly indicts the object of his satire--always a type (e.g., the social climber).
Ade is also famous among Sigma Chis as the author of "The Sigma Chi Creed", one of the central documents of the fraternity's philosophies.
Indiana Historical Society (492 words)
Born in Kentland, Indiana, George Ade was the second youngest of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade.
Ade captured the hustle and bustle of Chicago through such vivid characters as Artie, a young office boy; Doc Horne, a gentlemanly liar; and Pink Marsh, a fl shoeshine boy.
Ade's home soon became know as the amusement center for the United States, hosting a campaign stop in 1908 by William Howard Taft, a rally for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party in 1912, and a homecoming for soldiers and sailors in 1919.
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