Edison and Eve, from
An Alphabet of Celebrities
by Oliver Herford
Oliver Herford (1863–1935) was an American writer, artist and illustrator who has been called "The American Oscar Wilde". As a frequent contributor to , The Mentor , and Life , he sometimes signed his artwork as "O Herford". In 1906 he wrote and illustrated the Ladies' Home Journal . He also wrote short poems like "The Chimpanzee" and "The Hen", as well as writing and illustrating "The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten" (1904) and "Excuse It Please" (1930). His sister Little Book of Bores Beatrice Herford was also a humorist.
Ethel Mumford and Addison Mizner wrote a small book The Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1903 as a Christmas present and added Herford's name as an author as a joke. The printer made up more copies to sell and to everyone's surprise it was an astounding success. When Herford found out about it he wanted 90% of the royalties. He was awarded an equal third. [1 ] [2 ]
"A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's: she changes it more often."
"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one; go ahead, get married."
"Many are called but few get up."
"Only the young die good."
"Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you."
"What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg into an electric fan."
"The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven't seen the joke yet."
[3 ] "A man is known by the silence he keeps."
With pictures by the author, published by
Charles Scribner's Sons: [5 ]
The Bashful Earthquake
A Child's Primer of Natural History; a revision and extension of this title by Margaret Fishback and Hilary Knight appeared as A Child's Book of Natural History (USA: Platt & Monk, 1969)
Overheard in a Garden
The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten
The Fairy Godmother-in-law
A Little Book of Bores
The Peter Pan Alphabet [6 ]
The Astonishing Tale of a Pen-And-Ink Puppet
A Kitten’s Garden of Verses
John Cecil Clay:
Cupid’s Fair-Weather Booke
Addison Mizner and Ethel Mumford
The Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1903
The Limerick Up to Date Book (1903)
The Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1904 (1903)
The Entirely New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1905 (1904)
The Complete Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1906 (1905)
The Altogether New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1907 (1906)
The Quite New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1908 (1907)
The Perfectly Good Cynic's Calendar (1908)
The Complete Cynic (1910)
The Revived Cynic's Calendar (1917)
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