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Bourne, Randolph Sillimanlocked

(30 May 1886–22 December 1918)
  • Bruce Clayton

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Bourne, Randolph Silliman (30 May 1886–22 December 1918), writer and social critic, was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the son of Charles Rogers Bourne and Sarah Barrett. From the start, Bourne’s life was star-crossed. At birth his face was severely deformed, and spinal tuberculosis at age four stunted his growth and left him with a misshapened back. His alcoholic father, a failure at various small businesses, left the family when Bourne was a boy. He was raised by his mother and devoted aunt. Bourne turned to books and friends and graduated from high school in 1903 as the valedictorian and senior class president....

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