9/22/1892 - 2/19/1976
From 1924 to 1931, Frank
Sullivan was a humorist for the New York World.
He was born in Saratoga
Springs, New York. He reported part-time for the
Saratogian while in High School, then in 1914 he graduated
with an A.B. from Cornell University and returned to work
for the Saratogian, where he worked until he was drafted in
1917. Upon his discharge Sullivan moved to New York
and first worked for the Herald, then the Sun, and finally
in 1922 the World. Here he began as a reporter/feature
writer. He briefly did a news column, but his editor,
Herbert Bayard Swope, saw his unusual talent for humor and
made him a columnist in 1924.
As a humorist, Sullivan was
known for his gentle touch and for the collection of
fictitious characters as created: Aunt Sally Gallup, Martha
Hepplethwaite, the Forgotten Bach (a member of the Bach
family who was tone deaf), and Mr. Arbuthnot, the
cliché expert. Sullivan wrote his column until the World
closed down in 1931, but he had also been writing humor
articles for the New Yorker since 1926 and continued to do
so until the 1950's. He was also one of the celebrated
Algonquin Round Table wits. A lifelong bachelor,
Sullivan returned to his childhood home in Saratoga Springs
in the 1960's and lived there until his death in 1976.
He also contributed to Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Good
Housekeeping, and other magazines and published a dozen
List of Frank Sullivan's works
Guide to the Frank Sullivan Collection,
Excepts from Frank Sullivan at his Best
and documents can be found at the
Saratoga Springs History Museum Canfield
Casino Historical Society in Congress Park
Saratoga Springs, NY.
index to the
archives is currently being built.
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