Paul Eldridge

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Paul Eldridge (May 5, 1888 – July 26, 1982[1]) was an American poet, novelist, short story writer and teacher. The son of Leon and Jeanette Eldridge (née Lafleur), he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1888.[2] He later married a fellow writer, Sylvette de Lamar (author of a 1932 novel Jews and the Cross). He received his B.S. from Temple University in 1909, his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1911, and a doctorate from the University of Paris in 1913. He was a teacher of romance languages at the high school level in New York until his retirement in 1945.[3] He was a lecturer on American Literature at the Sorbonne in 1913 and at the University of Florence in 1923.[2] He later was an instructor of English literature at Saint John's College in Philadelphia, from 1910-1912, and was a member of the Authors' and Dramatists' League of the Authors' Guild of America.[2]

He is best known for collaborating with the American decadent novelist and poet George Sylvester Viereck on a trilogy of exotic fantasy novels from 1928 to 1932, My First Two Thousand Years: the Autobiography of the Wandering Jew, Salome: the Wandering Jewess and the Invincible Adam. A highly prolific author, many of his later books were published by E. Haldeman-Julius in his "Big Blue Books" series. He died at the age of 94 in a New York City nursing home on July 26, 1982.[3]


  • Life Throbs (1911)
  • Vanitas (1920)
  • And the Sphinx Spoke (1921) [2]
  • Our Dead Selves: Anthology of the Lowly (1923)
  • Irony and Pity: a Book of Tales (1926)
  • The Intruder (1928)
  • My First Two Thousand Years: the Autobiography of the Wandering Jew (With George Sylvester Viereck, 1928)
  • Salome: the Wandering Jewess (With George Sylvester Viereck, 1930)
  • Cobwebs and Cosmos (1930)
  • The Invincible Adam (With George Sylvester Viereck, 1932)
  • One Man Show (1933)
  • If After Every Tempest (1941)
  • Madonna with the Cat: a Romantic Satire (1942)
  • Horns of Glass (1943)
  • He Who Loved His Neighbors and Other Stories (1945)
  • I Bring a Sword (1945)
  • Lanterns in the Night (1945)
  • Lovers' Gifts and Other Stories (1945)
  • The Last Supper of Marianne and Other Stories (1945)
  • The Truth About Phyllis Warren and Other Stories (1945)
  • Virgins and Other Stories (1945)
  • Women Ain't No Fools and Other Stories (1945)
  • Leaves From the Devil's Tree: A Smiling Cynic Looks at the Passing Show (1946)
  • New York: This Whale of a City (1946)
  • New York: The Empire State (1946)
  • Two Lessons in Love: Master of hearts; Mr. Lowell and the Goddess (1946)
  • A Lesson in Love (1946)
  • Gamblers in Love and Other Stories (1946)
  • Leaves from the Devil's Tree: a Smiling Cynic Looks at the Passing Show (1946)
  • Men and Women: Stories of Love (1946)
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: the Diary of a New York High School Teacher (1946)
  • The Hudson: The River of Destiny 1946)
  • The Jester's Holiday : a Divine Comedy (1946)
  • The Way of Men with Maids and Other Stories (1946)
  • Virtue, Beware! And Other Stories (1946)
  • And Thou Shalt Teach Them (1947)
  • Misadventure in Chastity: Antics and Romantics (1947)
  • One Night: a Novel of Love in Nova Scotia (1947)
  • The Whip and the Rose (1947)
  • The Bed Remains: a Biography in Ten Chapters (1948)
  • Blue Flames: Notes from the Diary of an Immoralist (1948)
  • The Professor Goes Adventuring (1948)
  • Moon Nets of the Master Spider (1948)
  • Listen to Their Lust (1949)
  • Curtain Call (1950)
  • Flesh of the Flesh and Other Stories (1950)
  • Maxims are Gadflies: The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Eldridge (1950)
  • Anatole France: Master of Irony and Pity (1950)
  • Erasmus: the Humanist (1950)
  • Michel De Montaigne: Skeptic and Atheist (1950)
  • The Kingdom Without God: Being the Last Will and Testament of Paul Eldridge (1951)
  • Crown of Empire: The Story of New York State (1957)
  • Tales of the Fortunate Isles (1959)
  • Second Life of John Stevens (1960)
  • Seven Against the Night (1960)
  • The Tree of Ignorance (1962)
  • Maxims for a Modern Man (1965)
  • The Homecoming: a Chronicle of a Refugee Family (1966)
  • The Parables of Old Cathay (1969)
  • The Story-Tellers (1970)
  • François Rabelais: the Great Story Teller (1971)


  1. ^ His New York Times obituary, published July 29, 1982, states that he "died Monday" as July 29th was a Thursday his death occurred on Monday, July 26, 1982.
  2. ^ a b c Manning, Robert Douglas. The Jew: Screenplay, Biographical Note on Eldridge. [1]
  3. ^ a b New York Times Obituary, July 29, 1982

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