Will Cuppy
William Jacob "Will" Cuppy (August 23, 1884 – September 19, 1949) was an American
United States
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 humorist and literary critic
Literary criticism
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, known for his satirical
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 books about nature
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 and historical figures.
Cuppy was born in Auburn, Indiana
Auburn, Indiana
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. He was named "Will" in memory of an older brother of his father's who died of wounds he received as a Union
Union (American Civil War)
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 officer at the Civil War
American Civil War
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 Battle of Fort Donelson
Battle of Fort Donelson
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. Cuppy's father, Thomas Jefferson Cuppy (1844–1912), was at different times a grain dealer, a seller of farm implements and a lumber buyer for the Eel River branch
Butler Branch (Indiana)
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 of the Wabash Railroad
Wabash Railroad
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I am billed as a humorist, but of course I am a tragedian at heart.

Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft (eds.), Twentieth Century Authors, New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1942, p.342.

Armadillos make affectionate pets, if you need affection that much.

How to Get from January to December (1951)

I only know that all is lost, and that nothing can help me unless I inherit money, strike oil or go to work.

Ah, well! We live and learn, or, anyway, we live.

The Modern Man or Nervous Wreck is the highest of all mammals because anyone can see that he is. There are about 2,000,000,000 Modern Men, or too many. The Modern Man's highly developed brain has made him what he is and you know what he is. [Footnote: It is because of his brain that he has risen above the animals. Guess which animals he has risen above.]

[Footnote:]Each male has from 2 to 790 females with whom he discusses current events. Of these he marries from 3 to 17.

All Modern Men are descended from a Wormlike creature but it shows more on some people.

Aristotle described the Crow as chaste. In some departments of knowledge, Aristotle was too innocent for his own good.

Male penguins are unfaithful up to an advanced age, a phenomenon sometimes attributed to the sea air.