Read, Opie


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(1852–1939), born in Tennessee, began his journalistic career in Kentucky, then moved to Arkansas, where he conducted the humorous weekly paper The Arkansas Traveler (1882–92). When his satirical sketches of backcountry people made him unpopular in the region, he moved with the journal to Chicago (1891). His popular humorous works, such as A Kentucky Colonel (1890), seem to be purely ephemeral best sellers. I Remember (1930) is his autobiography.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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