->''"Now one time it comes on Christmas, and in fact it is the evening before Christmas, and I am in Good Time Charley Bernstein's little speakeasy in West Forty-seventh Street, wishing Charley a Merry Christmas and having a few hot Tom and Jerrys with him."''
Damon Runyon (1880 – 1946) is an American journalist and author, best known for his short stories about the colorful gamblers, gangsters and hustlers of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in the early part of the twentieth century. His stories are narrated in the first person by an anonymous narrator with a distinctive slang-laced style [[PresentTenseNarrative that avoids past and future tense]].
Notable adaptations of Runyon stories include:
* ''Film/LittleMissMarker'', an early hit for ShirleyTemple.
!!Damon Runyon's stories provide examples of:
* BigEater: Nicely-Nicely Jones in "A Piece of Pie".
-->He is a horse player by trade, and eating is really just a hobby, but he is undoubtedly a wonderful eater even when he is not hungry.
* TheButlerDidIt: Parodied in "What, No Butler?"
* DelusionsOfEloquence: The theme of mooks talking over their heads is a mainstay.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Runyon's characters are criminals, but there are lines they will not cross.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: The anonymous narrator (or narrators -- when he is so anonymous, who can tell?).
* LaserGuidedKarma: In "Dancing Dan's Christmas", Dancing Dan decides on a whim to borrow a drunken MallSanta's outfit and deliver Christmas cheer to some poverty-stricken persons of his acquaintance. This whim saves his life.
* LoadBearingHero: The title character in "Earthquake".
* PrincessForADay: Apple Annie in "Madame La Gimp".