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October 1963

Artemus Ward

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):451-454. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040047001

Charles Farrar Brown was born in Waterford, Maine, April 26, 1834. He migrated westward and became a reporter and contributor to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, occasionally writing humorous anecdotes or bucolic letters for filler under the pen name of Artemus Ward, perhaps inspired by the name of Artemus Ward who had been an American warrior in the Revolution. Later Artemus made a great reputation at home and abroad as a humorist. Bestirred no doubt by Albert Jay Nock's estimate of Artemus Ward and Mr. Dooley as shrewd critics of the American scene who managed to masquerade as very effective humorists, I have obtained Artemus Ward's four books. I have read them over during the past few months. After one gets adjusted to the forced whimsy of the eccentric spelling and the somewhat trying frontier dialect, a great deal of Artemus Ward's shrewd view of his contemporaries comes through with a

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