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Originally serialized in The New Yorker, and later adapted for stage, screen, and television, Clarence Day's Life with Father is a cherished American classic. Set in 1890s New York, Clarence Day's tales of his father, Clarence "Clare" Day, Sr., portray a willful, rambunctious, short-fused Wall Street broker who demands perfection. Intolerant and tyrannical in his determined battle to harness the world to his way of thinking, Clarence blusters at his wife, his cook, his horse, shopkeepers, servants, and, of course, his children and their inability to live up to his preposterous standards. Yet, the more he rants, the more comical he becomes--and the more he seems to endear himself to his beleaguered and bemused family. First published in 1935, and serialized in The New Yorker, Life with Father was adapted for the stage in 1939, brought to the screen in 1947, and went on to become a much-loved television series in the 1950s.
Day's comic stories of his father portray a rambunctious, overburdened Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family should be just so. He is intolerant, tyrannical and plain obnoxious in his constant battle to harness the world to his way of thinking.