Elmer Blaney Harris

Elmer Blaney Harris (January 11, 1878 - September 6, 1966) was an American author, dramatist, and playwright. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of eight children. He moved with his family to Oakland, California, after his father's broom factory burned to the ground. After high school, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1901 with a B.S. in Writing, and as an actor for the university theater troupe would gain him a patron, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst. With her financial backing, Harris was able to study in New York City and Europe for the next four years. When he returned to San Francisco he became a newspaper reporter for the San Francisco Call-Bulletin, and he lectured at clubs and universities on authors and playwrights, such as George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen. This didn't last very long; when the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroyed the newspaper's office and the newspaper, Harris left for New York City. He would write feverously for newspapers and magazines, contributing articles, reviews, and short stories, all the while translating with Cora Older.

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