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Pollock, Channing

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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playwright, journalist, and lecturer, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Alexander Lyon Pollock, an employee of the U.S. Weather Bureau, and Verona Larkin. Pollock’s early schooling took place in Omaha and Salt Lake City, where his father worked as a newspaper editor and publisher. He also went to the Untergymnasium in Prague, while visiting his father’s relatives, the elder Pollock having emigrated in the 1870s from Austria. He had tutors in San Salvador, where his father served as U.S. consul, dying of yellow fever. Enrolled in Bethel Military Academy, Warrenton, Virginia, he grew impatient to work as a writer. Already at school at eight, he had written and acted in The Noble Outcast. At sixteen he left school to work for the Washington Post, first as a reporter, then as drama critic, until 1897. He then went to New York City to work for the New York Dramatic Mirror, returning to Washington in 1898 to serve as drama critic first for the Post and then, in 1899, for the Washington Times. His frank critique of David Belasco’s Naughty Anthony briefly cost the newspaper its theatrical advertising and Pollock his post.

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