Search - List of Books by Damon Runyon

"You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge." -- Damon Runyon
Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 — December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer.

He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit," "Benny Southstreet," "Big Jule," "Harry the Horse," "Good Time Charley," "Dave the Dude," or "The Seldom Seen Kid." Runyon wrote these stories in a distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. A passage from "Tobias the Terrible", collected in More than Somewhat (1937) illustrates Runyon's memorable prose:
If I have all the tears that are shed on Broadway by guys in love, I will have enough salt water to start an opposition ocean to the Atlantic and Pacific, with enough left over to run the Great Salt Lake out of business. But I wish to say I never shed any of these tears personally, because I am never in love, and furthermore, barring a bad break, I never expect to be in love, for the way I look at it love is strictly the old phedinkus, and I tell the little guy as much.


The musical Guys and Dolls was based on two Runyon stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The musical also takes characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick The Winner." The film Little Miss Marker (and its remake, Sorrowful Jones) grew from his short story of the same name.

Runyon was also a newspaperman. He wrote the lead article for UP on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Presidential inauguration in 1933.

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Total Books: 64
Damon Runyon Omnibus
2016 - Damon Runyon Omnibus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781520159867
ISBN-10: 1520159862
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew
2010 - The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781849026239
ISBN-10: 1849026238
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Tents of Trouble
2009 - The Tents of Trouble (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781103212408
ISBN-10: 1103212400
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More Than Somewhat
2008 - More Than Somewhat (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409792314
ISBN-10: 1409792315
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Trials and Other Tribulations
2008 - Trials and Other Tribulations (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780848816193
ISBN-10: 0848816196
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Guys and Dolls and Other Writings
2008 - Guys and Dolls and Other Writings [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141186726
ISBN-10: 0141186720
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult
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Le mauvais cheval
2007 - Le Mauvais Cheval [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743617271
ISBN-10: 2743617276
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UC Guys and Dolls - CANCELED
2005 - Uc Guys and Dolls - Canceled (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141180465
ISBN-10: 0141180463
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Guys and Dolls
2005 - Guys and Dolls (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141188331
ISBN-10: 0141188332
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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From First to Last
2001 - From First to Last [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141184661
ISBN-10: 0141184663
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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On Broadway
2000 - On Broadway [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141184234
ISBN-10: 014118423X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Racing World of Damon Runyon
1999 - The Racing World of Damon Runyon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780094795105
ISBN-10: 009479510X
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Tales Of The Diamond
1999 - Tales of the Diamond (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780942627169
ISBN-10: 0942627164
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors
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Guys  dolls The stories of Damon Runyon
1997 - Guys Dolls the Stories of Damon Runyon (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780760703885
ISBN-10: 0760703884
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Killing Spirit  An Anthology of Murder for Hire
Guys and Dolls The Stories of Damon Runyon
1993 - Guys and Dolls the Stories of Damon Runyon (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780670848683
ISBN-10: 0670848689
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Thall 's A-bhos
1991 - Thall 's a-bhos (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781871901160
ISBN-10: 1871901162
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Trials and Tribulations
1991 - Trials and Tribulations (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558821064
ISBN-10: 1558821066
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Law
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Runyon on Broadway
1990 - Runyon on Broadway [Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140183610
ISBN-10: 0140183612
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Stories of Damon Runyan
1988 - Stories of Damon Runyan ["Read Along"] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780886468217
ISBN-10: 0886468213
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Nocturnes dans Broadway et autres nouvelles
1986 - Nocturnes Dans Broadway Et Autres Nouvelles (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070704910
ISBN-10: 2070704912
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