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Kantor, MacKinlay

Robert L. Gale

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602095

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Kantor, MacKinlay (04 February 1904–11 October 1977), novelist and short-story writer, was born Benjamin McKinlay Kantor in Webster City, Iowa, the son of John Martin Kantor and Effie Rachel McKinlay, a clerk, a nurse, and later a newspaper editor. An unstable man who could not hold jobs, John Kantor deserted his pregnant wife, who divorced him soon after her son’s birth. (The father, later an international con man who spent time in prison, distressed the family by periodic reappearances.) Kantor dropped his first name and added a second “a” to his middle name. After attending public schools in Iowa and Illinois, he entered the field of journalism. He worked with his mother as a reporter on the ...

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