FRANK CASE AUTOGRAPHED FLY LEAF


Frank Case was an American hotelier and author. He owned and managed the Algonquin Hotel during the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table and wrote a number of books about his experiences with the hotel and the Round Tablers. Case worked at the Algonquin from the time it opened in 1902. It was Case who came up with the hotel’s name. The original owner had wanted to call it “The Puritan.” In 1907 Case took over the lease and became manager, eventually buying the hotel in 1927 for $1,000,000. He remained owner and manager of the Algonquin until his death in 1946. In a live appearance on the Royal Gelatine Hour radio show on June 17, 1937, Case told Rudy Valee that he grew up in Buffalo, New York and learned his hotelier skills at the Genesee Hotel there: he had to stay up all night by roaming the hotel on roller skates. Case was married twice. His first wife, Caroline Eckert Case, died in 1908 giving birth to the couple’s second child, a boy named Carroll. Nine years following Caroline’s death, Case remarried, a woman he referred to as “Hebe” in his books. Case’s elder child was the author Margaret Case Harriman, who among other books wrote a memoir of the Algonquin Round Table entitled The Vicious Circle. His son, Carroll, married actress Josephine Dunn, with whom he would remain until his death in 1978. Original Frank Case Autograph, signed on a Fly Leaf from the Book Tales of a Wayward Inn. Hand written on Fly Leaf: For Wilson Potter. A great Arctic sportsman Frank Case. Approx. Size 4 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Regular Price – $ 65.00 / Sale Price – $ 24.95.

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