Irvin S. Cobb

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Birthday
23, 1876
Birthplace
Paducah, KY
Death Date
Mar 11, 1944 (67)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
23, 1876
Birthplace
Paducah, KY
Death Date
Mar 11, 1944 (67)

About

A prolific journalist and short story writer, he is known for humorous works such as Old Judge Priest (1915) and Speaking of Operations (1916). His popular short story, The Woman Accused, was adapted into a film starring Cary Grant.

Before Fame

He began his journalistic career at age seventeen with the Paducah Daily News in his native Kentucky. He later wrote articles on World War I for the Saturday Evening Post.

Trivia

His short stories, Judge Priest (1934) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), were adapted into films by John Ford.

Family Life

He married Laura Spencer Baker in 1900. His daughter, Elisabeth Cobb, described her relationship with him in her 1945 memoir, My Wayward Parent.

Associated With

He dabbled in horror writing; two of his works in this genre, written in 1911 and 1923, inspired some of H.P. Lovecraft's better-known works.