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Peck, George Wilbur]
[1884]. A Very Good RARE ORIGINAL WOODBLOCK POSTER for a stage play featuring Peck's Bad Boy. Civil War Veteran, Politician, and Author George Wilbur Peck (1840-1916), who owned a Wisconsin newspaper known as the "Sun", authored a humorous weekly newspaper column which often featured a character of his own invention named Henry "Hennery" Peck who first appeared in 1882. The character was tremendously popular and became known as "Peck's Bad Boy". Peck went on to write a series of books' featuring Hennery Peck who was known for pulling pranks on members of the town, but most especially on his father, for the pure joy of causing trouble and chaos. Peck began writing these stories, which were turned into books as well, in the early 1880s. 'Peck's Bad Boy' became a household name in the United States and was so popular that he entered the American lexicon with the dictionary definition of "Peck's bad boy" being "one whose bad behavior is a source of embarrassment or annoyance". Charles E. Pidgin adapted the first story into a stage play, and various companies began performing the Play around the country. In 1891, then teenager and vaudeville actor George M. Cohan toured for thirty-five weeks in the role of Hennery. After many of Cohan's performances, he had to fight his way out of the theater as neighborhood boys would be waiting in alleyways to test their fighting abilities against those of Hennery Peck, who ended the Play by stating 'I can still lick any kid in town!'. Notably, these Bad Boy stories became so fashionable for a time that Mark Twain was criticized for jumping on … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC (IOBA) [Winston-Salem, NC, U.S.A.]
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