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Life on the PressThe Popular Art and Illustrations of George Benjamin Luks$
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Robert L. Gambone

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732221

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732221.001.0001

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Politics and Sarcasm

Politics and Sarcasm

Sandburrs and the Verdict

(p.177) Chapter Five Politics and Sarcasm
Life on the Press

Robert L. Gambone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter narrates the events that transpired after George Luks’s success with Hogan’s Alley. The popular comic strip had freed Luks from cranking out pictures to accompany sensationalized press articles. However, drawing the strip also placed certain constraints on Luks, particularly limiting his freedom to explore his own artistic style. By December 1898, he had begun to tire of newspaper work. As a result, he turned to oil painting in works like The Amateurs and London Cabby which only further whetted his appetite for exploring other mediums and modes of expression. In 1898, he found an outlet in creating illustrations for Alfred Henry Lewis’s book Sandburrs, which was a compilation of short stories first published in that same year. Though temporary, the partnership proved successful, and prompted Lewis to offer Luks a coveted role as illustrator for the Verdict early in 1899. This chapter then covers Luks’s life and work thereafter.

Keywords:   George Luks, Hogan’s Alley, comic strip, The Amateurs, London Cabby, Alfred Henry Lewis, Sandburrs, Verdict

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