In a series of essays, Runyon, reflects on the frank, often outrageous opinions of his “old man,” who knows a thing or two about just about everything—and even if he doesn’t, he’ll tell you anyway. Damon Runyon's "old man" is neither a small-time Broadway crook, nor a modest Brooklyn Babbitt… He is a salty old commentator on men, women and manners, who says what he thinks with more force and frequency than tact. My Old Man is a classic collection of humorous observations about life from bankers to windbags, and its as relevant and funny today as it was when it was first published in 1939.
Alfred Damon Runyon (1880-1946) was a American newspaperman and short story writer living in New York City. He is best known for his humorous depiction of unsavory and hedonistic characters during the Prohibition era. His writing style incorporates lots of colorful slang to give his characters life and authenticity. His work inspired modern Broadway works like Guys and Dolls.