Guys and Dolls by Damon RunyonPopular fiction is supposed to be essentially story-driven; the proof that it works is the sound of the pages turning. But a few of the great pop writers were stylists, above all, and their success is measured by a different sound, that of the snort of appreciation followed by a phrase read out loud to a half-sleeping spouse in bed at night. The pages stop turning while we admire the sentences. What they remember is that Moose Malloy on a Los Angeles street was as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel-food cake. Of all the pop formalists, the purest and strangest may be Damon Runyon, the New York storyteller, newspaperman, and sportswriter who wrote for the Hearst press for more than thirty years, inspired a couple of Capra movies, and died in Henry-style plotting, came from his mastery of an American idiom.
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He will bet all he has, and nobody can bet any more than this'. Alfred Dmon Runyon was born in in Manhattan, Kansas. During WWI he became a war correspondent, and he continued to write after the war. Runyion's stories are highly original and lively evocations of Broadway low-life and the New York sporting scene. He died in For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.
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About the Musical
It is based on " The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown " and "Blood Pressure", which are two short stories by Damon Runyon ,   and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories — most notably "Pick the Winner". The show premiered on Broadway in , where it ran for 1, performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Guys and Dolls was selected as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Runyon was known for the unique dialect he employed in his stories, mixing highly formal language and slang. George S.