Rudolph Edgar Block
|Rudolph Edgar Block|
December 6, 1870|
New York City
|Died||April 29, 1940
|Occupation||journalist, columnist, author|
Rudolph Block began his career as a journalist in 1888. He worked first as a news reporter on The New York Sun and later joined the The New York World. In 1896 he became the editor of the comic supplements to the Hearst newspapers, a position he held for the next twenty-eight years. During his tenure he supplied text for The Yellow Kid and helped to create such popular series as Happy Hooligan and The Katzenjammer Kids. As Bruno Lessing his short stories chronicled life in the Jewish ghetto of New York City. Between 1905 and 1909 many of these tales were published by Cosmopolitan, which at that time was a literary magazine. During the years 1915 – 1916 he also wrote a number of screenplays depicting the Jewish American experience.
Ambrose Bierce, another frequent contributor to Cosmopolitan, mentioned Block in his satirical work The Devil's Dictionary, recounting the author's alleged encounter with a prominent critic. A short poem by Bierce, titled "Rudolph Block", had likewise no apparent connection to the man himself.
An avid traveler, Block wrote about his experiences in the daily newspaper column "Vagabondia", which was published from 1928 through 1939. Along the way he amassed a collection of 1,400 walking sticks, although he himself walked unaided. After his death, the collection of canes, each made from a unique type of wood, was donated to Yale University.
- 1903 Children Of Men 
- 1909 Jake Or Sam
- 1914 With The Best Intention
- William J. Burling, Bruno Lessing, vol. 28 of Dictionary of Literary Biography, (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1984), pp. 133–136.
- St. Petersburg Times May 2, 1940
- Bruno Lessing's Son Gets Post In Seattle jta.org. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- Rudolph Edgar Block fr.wikipedia.org. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- Around the World With The Yellow Kid virginia.edu. Retrieved: January 28, 2014.
- The International Story by Ruth Spack, (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1994) p. 62.
- The Dream Of A New Social Order by Matthew Schneirov, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994) p. 242.
- Bruno Lessing imdb.com. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- Ambrose Bierce google.com. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- Definition of the word "story" google.com. Retrieved: July 27, 2014.
- Shapes Of Clay, vol. 4 of The Collected Works Of Ambrose Bierce, (New York & Washington: Neale Pub. Co., 1910) p. 373.
- The New York American April 5, 1935
- The Milwaukee Sentinel December 21, 1939
- Catalogue Of A Private Collection Of Walking Sticks openlibrary.org. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- Rudolph Block's Collection: Canes Of Various Woods lumberjocks.com. Retrieved: January 27, 2014.
- American Jewish Fiction by Josh Lambert, (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2009) pp. 19–20.
- "The End of the Task"
- Online books at the Internet Archive