New York Columnist Lucius Beebe: A Real ‘Dandy’

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By: E&P Staff

In his lifetime, journalist Lucius Beebe was expelled from Yale, name-checked in songs by Cole Porter, and made the cover of Life magazine. Despite this glowing resume, the name and work of Beebe — most famous for his syndicated column, “This New York,” written for the New York Herald Tribune — has largely been lost to history.

Robert Sacheli, a columnist for Dandyism.net — a Web site that has made a mission of reviving what it calls the “Brummellian concept of the dandy as social being, sportsman and urbane philosopher of life” — has composed a three-part profile of Beebe, part one of which can be found here.

“Lucius Beebe was at one time one of the most famous men in America,” Sacheli told E&P. “[His ‘This New York’ column] brought news of Caf? Society (a phenomenon largely of his own creation) to the American heartland. Charming, cantankerous, and a relentless ‘peasant baiter,’ Beebe was a journalistic personality unlike any other.”

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