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Ruth McKenney

(1911—1972)


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(1911–72),

author of My Sister Eileen (1938), humorous sketches about the youth of her sister, later married to Nathanael West. This work was dramatized (1941) and made into the musical comedy Wonderful Town (1953). Other works on her family include The McKenneys Carry On (1940) and The Loud Red Patrick (1947). Industrial Valley (1939) is nonfiction about labor strife in Akron, and Jake Home (1943), a novel sympathetically treating a Communist labor organizer, deals with the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

Subjects: Literature.


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