Browne, Charles Farrar

Browne, Charles Farrar:

see Ward, ArtemusWard, Artemus,
pseud. of Charles Farrar Browne,
1834–67, American humorist, b. Waterford, Maine. As a reporter on the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he began in 1858 a series of "Artemus Ward's Letters" that made him famous on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Browne, Charles Farrar (b. Brown) (Artemus Ward, pen name)

(1834–67) writer, humorist; born in Waterford, Maine. In a series of Cleveland Plain Dealer letters (1857–59) purportedly written by Artemus Ward, this newspaperman created the blustery character through whom he satirized contemporary society. These letters, followed by an endless series he concocted to describe everything he saw or thought, were part of the ongoing American tradition of "unlettered" colloquial writing that culminated in Mark Twain's work. Browne joined Vanity Fair's staff (1859) and after 1861 toured the U.S.A. and England impersonating Ward (and incidentally inventing the comic lecture). He died of tuberculosis while on a lecture tour in England.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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