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A TRAUMATIC EVENT IN DOROTHY'S EARLY DAYS IN NYC - Catholic Worker odds & ends
February 5th, 2009
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A TRAUMATIC EVENT IN DOROTHY'S EARLY DAYS IN NYC
The following footnote appears on page 76 of the LETTERS OF CHARLES DEMUTH, AMERICAN ARTIST, 1883-1935.
Temple Univ. Press, 2000.

"American actress Adele Holladay (or Holliday). the protegee of the actor Otis Skinner and mother of Polly and Louis...Despondent over the breakup of a love affair, her son committed suicide in 1913 with a deliberate drug overdose---in the presence of journalist Dorothy Day and Demuth---at Romany Marie's, another Greenwich Village restaurant."

William Miller in his biography of Dorothy gives a full account of the event as does Agnes Boulton in her memoires. The year, according to Miller, was 1918. This is probably the correct date as Dorothy was born in 1897. "He died in my arms," she said to Agnes Boulton O"Neill. RS

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From:personalist
Date:March 29th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
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This photo shows the building where Romany Marie had her Tavern at 20 Christopher St. in New York's Greenwich Village. Marie lived upstairs with her husband, Arnold Marchand. In spite of its name no alcohol was served. There is a drawing of its interior by John Sloan which depicts it as about as primitive in its appointments as his depiction of the Hell Hole. Marie eschewed such bourgeois items as table cloths! The tables were made of raw wood, no napkins etc. She moved her operation a number of times over the course of decades. The location of her tavern at which the death of Louis Holliday took place was near Sheridan Square but was on the third floor, obviously not of this building which is also near the square.RS

Edited at 2009-04-24 03:09 am (UTC)
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