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Prepared for the WWW by Barbara Bass, March 11, 2002; Last Updated: May 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1933-1966
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Sketch: A former migratory worker, John Wesley (Jack) Conroy (1899-1990) also wrote under the pen names Tim Brennan, Hoder Morine, and John Norcross. Although his most influential novel, The Disinherited, only sold 2,700 copies at the time of publication, Conroy was regarded as one of the great proletarian writers of the 1930s, and is continually remembered as such because his radical politics never softened with time. He authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including fiction, children's fiction, poetry, essay, and sociology. He edited several publications including Rebel Port, 1931-1932, Anvil, 1933-1937 and New Anvil 1939-41. He was an associate editor of Nelson's Encyclopedia and Universal World Encyclopedia from 1943-1947. In 1935 he received the Guggenheim fellowship for creative writing. Conroy was also a reviewer for several major American newspapers and he taught creative writing at a handful of colleges across the United States.
Scope and Content: This collection contains clippings, which have been compiled into a scrapbook, about Conroy and his works.
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