Benjamin De Casseres: 1910 – 1919

In his late 30s and into his 40s, Benjamin De Casseres really hit his stride as a writer. His collaborations with editors like Elbert Hubbard – who published Roycrofter periodicals such as The FraThe Philistine and The Papyrus – and regular submissions to other magazines and journals like Camera WorkThe International and Puck set up his turn in the middle of this decade to writing more regularly for various newspapers. In particular, he became an opiner and critic for all three of the big New York papers: The SunThe Herald and The New York Times.

Creatively, De Casseres also continued to dabble in poetry during the decade. His first book of poetry, The Shadow-Eater, was published in 1915, and is a collection of pieces published in the early part of the decade, along with some previously unpublished items.

In 1914, De Casseres’ first (and apparently only) science fiction story, “Arcvad the Terrible,” appeared in The Forum. It is a satirical piece about an Martian looking down on Earth and deciding that it’s time to do away with us Earthlings for good.

The bibliography below is unlikely to ever be complete, but I will continue adding items as I find them.

Publications

Benjamin De Casseres: 1910 – 1919 Works
Title Periodical(s) Date Page(s)
The Physiognomy of the New Yorker Camera Work Jan. 1910 35
Ghosts and Their Makers The New York Times June 12, 1910 L13, L20
The Brain and the World Camera Work July 1910 27 – 28
Decadence and Mediocrity Camera Work Oct. 1910 31-32
Life is a paradox… The Philistine Oct. 1910 150 – 158
Fornaro and His Work Mortals and Immortals 1911 n/a
Bankrupt Science The Sun Jan. 3, 1911 6
Rodin and the Eternality of the Pagan Soul Camera Work April-July 1911 13 – 14
The Divinity of Genius The Sun Aug. 14, 1911 4
The Unconscious in Art Camera Work Oct. 1911 17
Solitude The Papyrus Oct. 1911 19
The Pantheon The Feather Duster 1912 73 – 74
The Dash of Jamake The Feather Duster 1912 75 – 81
Modernity and the Decadence Camera Work Jan. 1912 17 – 19
The Ironical in Art Camera Work April 1912 17 – 19
The Anatomy of Satire The Fra June 1912 68 – 71
The Mocker Camera Work July 1912 35 – 36
Pierre Loti The Forum Sept. 1912 369 – 372
Books and Bookmakers The Fra Nov. 1912 ii – iii
Jules de Gaultier: Super-Nietzschean The Forum Jan. 1913 86 – 90
The Minutes Camera Work Jan. 1913 21 – 23
The Renaissance of the Irrational Camera Work June 1913 22 – 24
Karma The Sun June 24, 1913 8
Thirst of a Superman The Sun Aug. 5, 1913 6
Insincerity: A New Vice Camera Work Nov. 1913 15 – 17
Stendhal: Geometrical Don Juan The International Nov. 1913 326
Arcvad the Terrible The Forum Jan. 1914 1 – 8
Thomas Hardy: The Latest Recipient of the Nobel Prize The International Jan. 1914 20 – 21
Emmeline Pankhust The Fra March 1914 182 – 183
Spinoza: The Superman of the Jews The International March 1914 90 – 91
The New Beauty Puck March 28, 1914 10 – 11
Diabolistic Idealists: Shaw, D’Annunzio, Tolstoi The International
The Philistine
April 1914
Dec. 1914
129 – 130
20 – 28
Rhythmic Dervishes Puck April 4, 1914 4
Anthony Aphrodisiac Puck April 4, 1914 14 – 15
America’s Tallest Tower, Plus Some Temperament Puck April 25, 1914 11
Jules Laforgue The International May 1914 158
Shaw and the Dictionary Puck May 23, 1914 9
The Great American Sexquake The International June 1914 195
Woman: The Superman Life June 4, 1914 1040 – 1042
The Illusion of Renunciation The Fra July 1914 126 – 128
Reuben of Uz The International July 1914 215 – 216
Lifting the Lid The International Aug. 1914 250 – 251
Keep Cool The Sun Sept. 3, 1914 6
The Pasteboard Charlemagnes Puck Sept. 19, 1914 12 – 13
En Route with a Conscience Puck Sept. 19, 1914 18
The Man with the Gloves The International Nov. 1914 345 – 346
The Inescapable Resultant The Sun Nov. 15, 1914 12
A Conversation Between George Bernard Shaw and the Dictionary The Smart Set Dec. 1914 167 – 168
Might and Right The Sun Dec. 28, 1914 Sec. 6, p. 6
The Gallic Lark and the Sow-on-the-Rhine Harris Broadsides 1915 n/a
Gray and Scarlet The International Feb. 1915 60
The Philosophy of Hypocrisy The International July 1915 222 – 223
Astronomical Note The Sun July 28, 1915 6
Sea Mania The Sun Aug. 1, 1915 Sec. 3, p. 11
Moth-Terror The Sun Aug. 22, 1915 Sec. 3, p. 7
From a Far Away Hippodrome The New York Call Sept. 12, 1915 Magazine Section, p. 9
Victor Hugo The International Nov. 1915 341 – 342
Love and Sleep The Poetry Journal Nov. 1915 101
To Emile Verhaeren The Sun Nov. 21, 1915 Sec. 6, p. 11
Mary Smith: Puritan The Bang Dec. 6, 1915 8
Vision The Sun Jan. 9, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
The Mysterious Weaver The Sun Jan. 16, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
Birth of a Sword The Sun Feb. 6, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
W.S.: 1616 – 1916 The Sun Feb. 13, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
The Decoy The Sun Feb. 20, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
He Was Many, Being All The New York Times
(Shakespeare Tercentennial Supplement)
March 19, 1916 p. 3
Hawthorne: Shadow Emperor Godwin’s Weekly April 3, 1916 16 – 17
In the Ramble The Sun March 5, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
The Humorist Life March 16, 1916 486
Across the Gulf The Sun March 26, 1916 Sec. 6, p. 11
The Haunted House Others May – June 1916 243 – 244
The Unconquerable Jew Harper’s Weekly May 6, 1916 512
The Thing Needful Life June 1, 1916 1028
Fifty! Life
The Washington Post
June 8, 1916
June 16, 1916
1078
6
Shelley The Poetry Journal July 1916 19 – 23
Nonsense Life July 20, 1916 108
On Coney’s Beach Judge Aug. 12, 1916 ?
Debts Life Nov. 9, 1916 818
Diary of a Literary Censor Life Nov. 23, 1916 894
In Every Key Puck Dec. 9, 1916 10
In Every Key Puck Dec. 16, 1916  
Imagination Life
The Arizona Republican
The Evening Post
The Quill
Dec. 21, 1916
Jan. 19, 1917
April 28, 1917
Nov. 1918
1138
4
16
13 
In Every Key Puck Dec. 23, 1916  17
Ballet of the Minutes The Sun Sept. 29, 1918 Sec. 5, p. 8