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Damon Runyon

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon

Profession: Journalist and Author

United States of America

Biography: Damon Runyon was a popular American writer of the early 20th century. He is best known for his short stories about New York City's underworld, which were collected in the book Guys and Dolls.

Runyon left school at the age of 14 and worked for a time as a journalist. He moved to New York City in 1910, and his career as a writer took off. He became known for his unique style of writing, which featured colorful characters and dialect.

Runyon's stories were often adapted for the stage and screen. He wrote the screenplay for the 1932 movie Little Miss Marker, starring Shirley Temple. He also wrote the story on which the musical Guys and Dolls was based.

Runyon died of cancer in 1946. His work continues to be popular, and he is considered one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.

Born: October 4, 1880
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Star Sign: Libra

Died: December 10, 1946 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1932-07-07 Author Damon Runyon (51) weds Patrice Amati del Grande