About Clarence Shephard Day, Jr.
American author Clarence Day is best known for his autobiographical Life with Father (1935), which detailed humorous episodes in his family's life, centering on his domineering father, during the 1890s in New York City.
He was born Clarence Shepard Day, Jr. on November 18, 1874 in New York City. Day attended St. Paul's School and graduated from Yale University in 1896. The following year, he joined the New York Stock Exchange, and became a partner in his father's Wall Street brokerage firm. Day enlisted in the Navy in 1898, but developed crippling arthritis and spent the remainder of his life as a semi-invalid.
His biographical sketches of his parents, God and My Father (1932), Life with Father (1935), and Life with Mother (1937), won him popular recognition; incidents from these three books were used by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse for the play Life with Father (1939), which was one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history. Day's other works include essays, This Simian World (1920), and a collection of light verse and drawings, Scenes from the Mesozoic (1935).