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George Ade

George Ade (1866-1944) was an American newspaper columnist, playwright, and short story author. To give you an idea of his writing style and witticisms: “Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.” and “One man’s poison ivy is another man’s spinach.”
Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, attended Purdue before writing for the Lafayette Call and then writing a regular column about Chicago life in what became The Chicago Record, which was illustrated by John T. McCutcheon
Ade published extensively, including some of our favorite collections, titled appropriately, Fables in Slang (1899) and More Fables (1900). His mentor-hero (not surprisingly) was Mark Twain the legend of American vernacular. We feature several of Ade’s sardonic “fables” complete with extra-long titles, over-used and somewhat annoying capitalization, and sappy moral endings (not quite like Aesop’s, but thought-provoking, nonetheless). You may also enjoy the satirical retelling of fables in rhyme by Guy Wetmore Carryl.

Short Stories

  • The Fable of the Kid Who Shifted His Ideal
  • The Fable of the Man Who Didn’t Care for Storybooks
  • The Fable of the Parents Who Tinkered with the Offspring
  • The Fable of the Preacher Who Flew His Kite, But Not Because He Wished to Do So
  • The Fable of the Two Mandolin Players and His Willing Performer