Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944

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Author, humorist.

From the description of Letters, 1914-1944. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49199652

Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) was an American author and humorist. He was best known for his humorous stories of Kentucky life, such as in his book Old Judge Priest .

From the guide to the Irvin S. Cobb Letter, 1928, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Author, and humorist.

From the description of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb : papers, 1876-1944. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49199508

Irvin S. Cobb was an author, humorist and columnist who resided in New York City but spent his childhood and early adulthood in Paducah, Kentucky. He was born Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb on June 23, 1876 in Paducah. He began his career in journalism at the Paducah Daily News at age seventeen. At nineteen, he was the nation's youngest managing news editor. When he was twenty eight, he relocated to New York City and was hired by the Evening Sun. He later worked for the New York World and the Saturday Evening Post. After 1912, Cobb became a prolific short story writer. During the 1920s and 1930s, several of his works were made into musicals and films. He also appeared in ten films between 1932 and 1938. He died in New York City in 1944.

From the description of Irvin S. Cobb (Murray State University). WorldCat record id: 535260993

Born in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1876, Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb became a reporter for the PADUCAH DAILY NEWS at the age of sixteen where he covered social occasions, court proceedings, accidents, deaths, and political rallies. Within two years, Cobb became head reporter, and at the age of nineteen, was promoted to managing editor. In 1898, he joined the staff of the LOUISVILLE (Ky.) EVENING POST, where he served as a reporter and wrote a humor column entitled "Sour Mash." Cobb returned to Paducah in 1901 as managing editor of the PADUCAH DEMOCRAT.

Three years later, Cobb became a reporter for the NEW YORK (N.Y.) EVENING SUN. Cobb won recognition for his feature stories on the diplomats attending the 1905 Russian-Japanese Peace Conference. He was then hired as a feature writer by the NEW YORK EVENING AND SUNDAY WORLD, where he covered the Harry K. Thaw murder trial and the New York Horse Show, among other events.

In 1911, Cobb joined the SATURDAY EVENING POST staff. He wrote a series of Judge Priest stories, based on the real-life adventures of a Paducah magistrate, which were originally printed in the POST and later compiled into book form. Other collections of Cobb's short stories were published as well. By the end of his career, Cobb had become a regular contributor to a variety of magazines, including COSMOPOLITAN, and had appeared in motion pictures. In addition to numerous volumes of short stories, Cobb authored several humorous books, such as EXIT LAUGHING, his last work, which included anecdotes from his life.

Cobb married Laura Spencer Baker in 1900. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Cobb Rogers, who also became a writer. Cobb died in New York City in 1944 and was buried in Paducah.

From the description of Papers, 1877-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191916684

Journalist, Author, Entertainer

Born in Paducah, Ky., Cobb was a reporter for the PADUCAH DAILY NEWS at the the age of sixteen, and became managing editor of the paper three years later. He subsequently worked for newspapers in Cincinnati and Louisville. In New York he worked for Joseph Pulitzer's evening and sunday WORLD from 1905 to 1911. He was a very successful, frequently anthologized author of short stories and a staff contributor to the SATURDAY EVENING POST (1911-1922) and COSMOPOLITAN magazine (1922-1932). Later in life he worked as a writer and actor in Hollywood.

From the description of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb papers, 1921-1942. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13244967

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referencedIn Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. Otto Arthur Rothert : papers, 1908-1931. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Judge Priest's funeral / by Irvin S. Cobb. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Kaufman, Moses, 1843-1924. Moses Kaufman papers, 1873-1924. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Bailey, Margery, 1891-1963. Margery Bailey papers, 1912-1978. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter to Joseph Robinson. [s.l.]. [19--?] University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968. Irvin S. Cobb / by John Wilson Townsend. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letters, 1914-1944. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1956-1970 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kanas Collection
creatorOf Butler, Ellis Parker, 1869-1937. Papers of Ellis Parker Butler, 1891-1940. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Irvin S. Cobb letter : 1928. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. Otto Arthur Rothert : miscellaneous papers, 1910-1921. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letters to Mr. Harrison, [1915]. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Irvin S. Cobb collection, [19--?-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Papers of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript] 1870-1934. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Manuscripts and letters of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], ca. 1870-1925 and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Woodbridge Bingham Papers, 1876-1986 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Papers, 1877-1976. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. [Letter] 1936 Nov. 29, Santa Monica, Calif. [to] Edwin Shallant [Pasadena?, Calif.]. California State University, Northridge
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Old Judge Priest / by Irvin S. Cobb. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Neuman, Fred Gus, 1893-. Irvin S. Cobb : his life and letters : typescript, [ca. 1938]. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Local color / by Irvin S. Cobb. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb papers, 1921-1942. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Statement headed by Irvin Shrewsburg Cobb [manuscript], 1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter from Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], 1941. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stuart, James Arthur, 1880-1975. Papers, 1907-1965. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Cooke, John D. (John Daniel). Correspondence of John Daniel Cooke, 1927-1941. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Book of clippings / Irvin S. Cobb. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter from Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], 1920. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968. Irvin S. Cobb / John Wilson Townsend. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Woodson, Urey, 1859-1939. Urey Woodson papers, 1898-1939, 1929-1939 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Maxwell, Perriton, 1868-1947,. Perriton Maxwell collection, 1931-1932. Library of Congress
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Correspondence relating to the Southern Writers Convention sponsored by the "Virginia Quarterly Review" at the University of Virginia, October 23-24, 1931 [manuscript], 1931-1932. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Manuscripts of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], 1827-1934 and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Reed papers, 1903-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Manuscripts for "Once in a Blue Moon," [manuscript], 1942. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stuart, James Arthur, 1880-1975. Papers, 1907-1965. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Correspondence of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], n.d. and 1923. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, 1908-1942 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter to Bob [Morningstar]. [New York, NY.]. [19--?] University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Hallam family. Hallam family papers, 1858-1951, 1873-1940 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Fales Portrait/Subject Collection, ca. 1800-Present Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter to James Francis Thierry. New York, NY. 1929 Dec. 30. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Margery Bailey papers, 1912-1978 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Statement of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript] 1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Irvin S. Cobb Letter, 1928 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Europe revisited / by Irvin S. Cobb. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Goodman, George H., 1876-1961. George H. Goodman and Edwin J. Paxton papers, 1911-1950. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb : papers, 1876-1944. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
creatorOf Fleming-Edmonds family. Fleming-Edmonds family papers, 1762-1938 (bulk 1762-1811). The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Stanley, Augustus Owsley, 1867-1958. Augustus Owsley Stanley papers, 1844-1958, 1902-1958. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin Shrewsbury, 1876-1944. Autograph letters signed (2) : East Hampton, New York, and [n.p.], to Grant Overton, 1930 July 5 and [no year] Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Gray, Edward. Letter, 1940 Nov. 29. University of Oregon Libraries
creatorOf Neuman, Fred Gus, 1893-1953. The Story of Paducah manuscript, 1927. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
creatorOf Glaenzer, Richard Butler, 1876-1937. Papers of Richard B. Glaenzer [manuscript], 1885-1936. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Irvin S. Cobb Murray State University, Waterfield Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter, 1934, January 26, New York, to John Wilson Townsend. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Review of Reviews (New York, N. Y.), Golden Book Magazine, editorial correspondence, 1921-1935. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. One manuscript by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968. John Wilson Townsend papers, 1908-1936 1808-1915. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter : Ossining, N.Y., to Mr. Schwierger , [18--?]. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Hogg, Mike, 1885-1941. Mike and Alice Hogg Papers, 1919-1972, 1930-1941. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
creatorOf Burnett, Whit, 1899-1973. Papers of the University of Virginia Magazine [manuscript], 1936. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Paducah Public Library. Special Collections. Repository description, 1836-1977. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Letter : Ossining, N. Y., to Mr. Schwierger [?], undated. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Fibble, D.D. / by Irvin S. Cobb. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Photograph and drawing of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944. Manuscripts of Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
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Kentucky
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Kentucky
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Women authors, American
Journalists
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Birth 1876-06-23

Death 1944-03-11

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