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Name: Becker, Edwin J.

Historical Note: Edwin J. Becker served a short term in the New Jersey State Prison during the 1940's, where he became a writer of some renown.  He published articles on trout fishing and other masculine topics in Field and Stream and other men's magazine, as well as a few stories in some of the little magazines.  He also wrote a play, produced in summer stock, and numerous poems.  Though he was initially published as a hack writer, his raw talent was observed by numerous publishers, who encouraged him.  Among the many persons who corresponded with him were Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and Caresse Crosby of the literary world.  Others included sweetheart Ada Rutledge, literary agents Bertha Klausner and Eleanor Parker and many resource people.

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