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George Ade

(1866 - 1944)

George Ade was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright best known for his "Fables in Slang," a satirical series that explored the colloquial vernacular of America. Born in Kentland, Indiana, Ade began his career as a journalist after graduating from Purdue University, where he contributed to various Chicago papers. His witty columns, often featuring the common man's struggles, caught the public's eye, and he soon ventured into writing comedic plays. Ade's work is characterized by his sharp humor and keen observations of social mores, particularly those concerning the rising middle class and the immersion of rural America into urban culture.

As a playwright, Ade enjoyed success with works like "The College Widow" and "The County Chairman," which were both reflective of American life and politics. He was also a pioneering figure in American literature, introducing a street-smart style of writing that influenced the vernacular narrative in American fiction. Despite fading into relative obscurity after his death, Ade's contributions to American humor and the depiction of early 20th-century life remain significant. His legacy is preserved through collections of his fables, plays, and other writings, which continue to be a testament to his talent for capturing the American spirit.

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