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Charles G. MacArthur

Born: 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania
Died: 1956 in New York City

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: MacArthur was a reporter in Chicago during his youth.

Biography: When MacArthur moved to Chicago, he became a successful reporter working for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Daily News. During his time in the US Army in WWI, he recounted his wartime experience in 1919's A Bug's-Eye View of the War. After the war, he wrote several short stories, two of which, 'Hang It All' (1921) and 'Rope' (1923), were published in H.L. Menckenís The Smart Set magazine. He eventually settled in New York City, where he turned to playwriting. MacArthur is best known for his plays in collaboration with Ben Hecht, Ladies and Gentlemen (filmed as Perfect Strangers), Twentieth Century and the frequently filmed The Front Page, which was based in part on MacArthur's experiences at the City News Bureau of Chicago. MacArthur also co-wrote, with Edward Sheldon, the play Lulu Belle, which was staged in 1926 by David Belasco.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Charles MacArthur on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

ISBN: 5519466203 OCLC: 972409314

Book ON DEMAND LTD, [Place of publication not identified], 2015.

  Bug's-eye view of the war.
ISBN: 1153305984 OCLC: 933935945

Rarebooksclub Com, [Place of publication not identified] : 2012.