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General Information

Name:  Kenneth Fearing  

Pen Name: Kirk Wolff

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: July 28, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Fearing was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign for two years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fearing was an American poet and writer. He was considered one of the most prominent poets during the Great Depression. After college, 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''.

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