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Adams, Franklin P[ierce]

The Oxford Companion to American Literature

James D. Hart,

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Adams, Franklin P[ierce] 


columnist, radio performer, and humorist, began his journalistic career in Chicago (1903). He worked on various New York papers and was best known for his column, “The Conning Tower”, which featured satirical verse and a personal diary in the manner of Pepys. Among his books are Tobogganing on Parnassus (1911), Christopher Columbus (1931), and other collections of verse, from which The Melancholy Lute (1936) is a selection; and The Diary of Our Own Samuel Pepys (2 vols., 1935), edited from his newspaper column, Nods and Becks (1944) collects newspaper pieces and poems. He usually signed his work with his initials.