Humphrey Cobb
Humphrey Cobb was a screenwriter
Screenwriters or scriptwriters or scenario writers are people who write/create the short or feature-length screenplays from which mass media such as films, television programs, Comics or video games are based.-Profession:...

 and novelist. He is best known for writing the novel Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refused to continue a suicidal attack...

, which was made into an acclaimed 1957 movie by Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career...

. Cobb was also the lead screenwriter on the 1937 movie San Quentin
San Quentin (1937 film)
San Quentin is a 1937 Warner Bros. drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. It was shot on location at San Quentin State Prison.-Plot summary:...

, starring Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American actor. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon.The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema....


Cobb was born in Siena
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, Italy
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. He served with the Canadian Army for three years during the First World War and fought in the Battle of Amiens. Stephen E. Tabachnick, in the Afterword to the U of Georgia Press' 1987 reprint of "Paths of Glory" supplies additional details of Cobb's life and how the son of American parents, Alice Littell Cobb, a physician, and Arthur Cobb, an artist, came to be mistakenly identified as a Canadian author. It had much to do with Cobb's many years as an expatriate living in several foreign locations, and his decision to take part in World War I in 1916, well before the United States entry into the war, by joining the Canadian Army. After early childhood, Cobb's parents sent him to school in England
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 for his primary education and only at age 13 did he come to the United States to continue his schooling. At the age of 17 he travelled to Montreal
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 to enlist in a Canadian regiment.

Following the war, Cobb worked in the stock trade, the merchant marine, publishing, and advertising. He wrote "Paths of Glory," while employed by George Gallup
George Gallup
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 at New York's Young & Rubicam
Young & Rubicam
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 advertising agency.

Cobb wrote a second not-as-well-received novel, None But the Brave, which was serialized in Collier's Weekly
Collier's Weekly
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in 1938. From 1935 to 1940 he was also employed as a screenwriter. At the time of his death Cobb was working as an advertising copywriter for the New York firm of Kenyon & Eckhardt.

Another American writer named Cobb, the unrelated Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb was an American author, humorist, and columnist who lived in New York and authored more than 60 books and 300 short stories.-Biography:...

, also wrote a World War I book called Paths of Glory (1915), a non-fiction account of Irvin's journalistic experiences during the war. "Paths of Glory" was also used as the title of at least three non-World War I books, by Anthony Clayton (2007), Stephen Brumwell(2008)and Jeffrey Archer(2009), and, with variations, the phrase appeared within the longer titles of more than a dozen books.

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