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Conrad Richter in his best suit, circa 1912.
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A young man, head and shoulders.

Credit: Photograph courtesy of Harvena Richter

Unable to afford a college education after graduating from high school, Conrad Richter worked in a coal mine, as a deliveryman, bank clerk, lumberman, and other jobs before landing a position as a private secretary in Cleveland, which provided the time he needed to try his hand at writing short stories. One of his first short stories, “Brothers of No Kin,” was included in a volume of 1914’s best short fiction.

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