Innocent Merriment

By Franklin P. Adams
CREDIT the radio, in spite of all its shortcomings, with making two hard-working New York newspapermen and excellent Latinists, Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran, into national institutions. Where the matchless “Conning Tower” used to educate a few hundred devoted contributors and to delight a few hundred thousand metropolitan readers, its witty and cantankerous conductor now numbers his weekly following in millions. For them, as well as for his veteran admirers, he has compiled a superb anthology of what he knows and loves best — light verse. In so doing, he has obliged himself to make a meal of his own rash words, written in 1925 in the foreword of A Book of Diversion: “I do not like introductions and I do not like anthologies, though I suppose a good introduction is possible. But a good anthology is not possible. I never have seen one.”
Take a look at Innocent Merriment, F.P.A, You will find that it is a good anthology with a good introduction, in which its author champions light verse against all who dare to patronize it as merely “good of its kind.” Quite a few of your own pieces are in ii, and even more selections from your adored Calverley and Gilbert and Dorothy Parker. H. A. L.