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Kenneth Fearing

(1902 - 1961 / Illinois / United States)

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Kenneth Fearing (July 28 1902 - June 26, 1961) was an American poet, novelist, and founding editor of the Partisan Review. Literary critic Macha Rosenthal called him "the chief poet of the American Depression."

Fearing was born in Oak Park, Illinois. His parents divorced when he was a year old, and he was raised mainly by his aunt. After studying at the University of Wisconsin, Fearing moved to New York City where he began a career as a poet and was active in leftist politics. In the Twenties and Thirties, he published regularly in The New Yorker and helped found The Partisan Review, while also working as an editor, journalist, and speechwriter and turning out a good deal of pulp ... more »

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  • Denouement to denouement, he took a personal pride in the
    certain, certain way he lived his own, private life,
    but nevertheless, they shut off his gas; nevertheless,
    the bank fore...
    Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961). 1-2-3 was the number he played but today the number came 3-2-1 (l. 10-15). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J....
  • And wow he died as wow he lived,
    going whop to the office and blooie home to sleep and
    biff got married and bam had children and oof got fired,
    zowie did he live and zowie did he ...
    Kenneth Fearing (1902-1961). 1-2-3 was the number he played but today the number came 3-2-1 (l. 20-23). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J....
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