Slick, upbeat and funny, these stories inspired the popular musical and film Guys and Dolls. 'Of all the high players this country ever sees, there is no doubt but that the guy they call the Sky is the highest. He will bet all he has, and nobody can bet any more than this'.
Alfred Dmon Runyon was born in 1884 in Manhattan, Kansas. During WWI he became a war correspondent, and he continued to write after the war. Runyion's stories are highly original and lively evocations of Broadway low-life and the New York sporting scene. Initially collected in Guys and Dolls (1932), other collections include Blue Plate Special (1934) amd Take it Easy (1938). He died in 1946.