Maxwell Bodenheim


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born in Mississippi, moved to Chicago and then to New York, where he published Minna and Myself (1918), a volume of poems using the sharply pictorial technique of Imagism. The highly mannered use of language and the author's posturing as an aesthetic misanthrope is also evident in later verse. Bodenheim's novels, including Crazy Man (1924), Replenishing Jessica (1925), and Naked on Roller Skates (1931), show a similar vivacious cynicism, iconoclasm, and jazz-age paganism. He wrote several plays, including The Master-Poisoner (1918), with Ben Hecht, who later attacked him in his fiction. Always a bohemian drifter and drinker, he spent his last years in squalor and was murdered.

Subjects: Literature.

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