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General Information

Name:  Charles G. MacArthur  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction

Born: 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania


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MacArthur was a reporter in Chicago during his youth.

Biographical and Professional Information

When MacArthur moved to Chicago, he became a successful reporter working for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Daily News. During his time in the US Army in WWI, he recounted his wartime experience in 1919's A Bug's-Eye View of the War. After the war, he wrote several short stories, two of which, "Hang It All" (1921) and "Rope" (1923), were published in H.L. Mencken’s The Smart Set magazine. He eventually settled in New York City, where he turned to playwriting.

MacArthur is best known for his plays in collaboration with Ben Hecht, Ladies and Gentlemen (filmed as Perfect Strangers), Twentieth Century and the frequently filmed The Front Page, which was based in part on MacArthur's experiences at the City News Bureau of Chicago. MacArthur also co-wrote, with Edward Sheldon, the play Lulu Belle, which was staged in 1926 by David Belasco.

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