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June 22, 1940

The Becoming of Oswald or Wake Up and Loaf

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By Emmanuel Winters. Cloth. Price, $1.50. Pp. 144. New York: Milestone Press, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(25):2498. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810250072038

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Abstract

This little satire purports to give a picture of the American with a superiority complex or what the author believes is a typical American. Oswald begins by being as timorous as Mr. Webster's "Gentle Soul" but he soon discovers that it is possible by reading Elbert Hubbard's Scrapbook and similar works to become a success. Oswald becomes successively a New Yorker, an architect, a doctor—that is to say, one of those laymen who are ready to prescribe for every one's illnesses—a materialist, a financier, a coin collector, a prophet and a revolutionary. Finally he becomes a real success by winning a $50,000 prize in the Irish Sweepstakes.

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