Ansonia HotelPublished by Webmaster on 08/30/2003 (10063 reads)
While staying at the Ansonia Hotel in New York City Mr. Service drafted on nine pages of the hotel stationary his poem, The Faceless Man. It is written in pencil.
The stationary is clearly old and I am not sure the Hotel Ansonia is still in existence. Comparing the version of the poem that is posted on this website with the draft we have, there are some sentence structure changes. The only word he changed was in the eighth stanza, eighth line. The word in our draft is "hideous", and in the published version the word is "piteous". The rest of the poem is word for word. This stationary has came up for auction on eBay and sold for $750.
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