Conroy, Jack (Jack Wesley)(1899–1990) editor, writer; born near Moberly, Mo. After working as a migrant laborer in the 1920s, he began writing for magazines about Depression-era unemployment. In 1933 he published the semi-autobiographical book, The Disinherited (1933), which remains a classic proletarian novel. He was founding editor of the leftist journals, The Anvil (1933–37) and The New Anvil (1939–41). He was senior associate editor of New Standard Encyclopedia, Chicago (1947–66).
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