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Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist

William E. Ellis


Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Irvin S. Cobb rose from his humble beginnings to national renown as one of America’s most celebrated writers during the early twentieth century. Shortly after leaving Kentucky for New York, Cobb earned a job at Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and became one of the highest paid staff reporters in the United States. Soon he was writing articles and short stories for magazines as well. Today, Cobb is remembered best for his sharp wit expressed through his fiction. As a product of Reconstruction and the Jim Crow South, Cobb’s subtle racism has largely denied ... More

Keywords: Irvin S. Cobb, Jim Crow, racism, New York World, Kentucky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813173986
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813173986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Ellis, author