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De Casseres, Benjamin (1873–1945) By Stratton, Matthew

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM2115-1
Published: 15/10/2018
Retrieved: 30 November 2023, from


Benjamin De Casseres was an American poet, literary and cultural critic, and satirist whose career spanned four decades and two countries. Born in Philadelphia on 3 April 1873, De Casseres left the public school system at thirteen and at sixteen began a lifelong career in journalism. However, he always conceived of himself less as a journalist than as a singularly misunderstood literary and philosophical genius whose full recognition was thwarted by incompetent publishers, cultural devolution, and pervasive imbecility. As a literary and philosophical provocateur and early promoter of the aesthetic avant-garde, he wrote reams of essays and poems for publications ranging from now-forgotten little magazines to national magazines and newspapers.

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Stratton, Matthew. "De Casseres, Benjamin (1873–1945)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 30 Nov. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM2115-1

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