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Cobb, Irvin Shrewsbury (23 June 1876–10 March 1944), newspaperman, author, and humorist, was born in Paducah, Kentucky, the son of Joshua Clark Cobb, a Confederate army soldier and later a tobacco trader, steamboat businessman, and manager of a river-supply store, and Manie Saunders. Cobb attended Paducah schools until 1892 and then became a reporter for the ...

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Marquis, Don (29 July 1878–29 December 1937), columnist, short-story writer, and poet, was born Donald Robert Perry Marquis in Walnut, Illinois, the son of James Stewart Marquis, a country physician, and Virginia Whitmore. He attended local schools, lived with his mother while she ran a boardinghouse in Chicago (1888–1889), and held various odd jobs (1893–1899) both before and after briefly attending Knox College (fall 1898)....

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Zevin, Israel Joseph (31 January 1872–06 October 1926), writer, was born in Gorki, Mogilov district, Belorussia, the son of Judah Leib Zevin (occupation unknown) and Feige Muravin. He grew up in the Pale of Settlement, receiving a traditional Jewish-Orthodox education.

In 1889 he immigrated to New York City, where he tried to make a living at various of the typical immigrant jobs. First he was a peddler; then he graduated to selling candy and other wares from a stand. In his spare time he wrote stories that were published in the ...