Fearing, Kenneth, 1902-1961

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Kenneth Fearing was an American author, a talented poet, probably best known for his 1947 mystery novel, The Big Clock. He was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, and educated at the University of Wisconsin. He soon moved to New York City and associated with Greenwich Village poets, becoming involved in leftist politics while writing poetry and, later, novels. He worked as a freelance writer and editor, helped found The Partisan Review, and supplemented his income by writing a great deal of pulp fiction under several pseudonyms. The experimental narrative style of his serious novels generated mixed reviews, but his mystery novels were consistently popular and The Big Clock is considered a classic in the genre.

From the description of Kenneth Fearing letter to Amy Bonner, circa 1950. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 123899164

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referencedIn Latimer, Margery, 1899-1932. Letters and manuscripts of Margery Latimer. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Matthias, Blanche C. Letters to Blanche C. Matthias from Margery Latimer and Jean Toomer; and to Henry Chester Tracy from Margery Latimer. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Matthias, Blanche C. Letters to Blanche C. Matthias from Margery Latimer and Jean Toomer; and to Henry Chester Tracy from Margery Latimer. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Fearing, Kenneth, 1902-1961. Kenneth Fearing letter to Amy Bonner, circa 1950. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Fearing, Kenneth, 1902-1961. Studio one-- "The hospital" / From a novel by Kenneth Fearing. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Fearing, Kenneth, 1902-1961. Correspondence file, 1929, from Horace Liveright, Inc. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn State University of New York College at New Paltz. Miscellaneous student records, 1822-1969. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Fearing, Kenneth, 1902-1961. [Papers]. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
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associatedWith Bonner, Amy, person
associatedWith Latimer, Margery, 1899-1932. person
associatedWith Matthias, Blanche C. person
associatedWith State University of New York College at New Paltz. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections. corporateBody
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Poets, American
American poetry--20th century
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
American prose literature--20th century
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Birth 1902-07-28

Death 1961-06-26

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