22 Facts About Art Young


Arthur Henry Young was an American cartoonist and writer.


Art Young is best known for his socialist cartoons, especially those drawn for the left-wing political magazine The Masses between 1911 and 1917.


Art Young was born January 14,1866, near Orangeville, in Stephenson County, Illinois.


Art Young's family moved to Monroe, Wisconsin when he was a year old.


Art Young's father, Daniel S Young, was a grocer there; his mother was Amanda Young.


Art Young's first published cartoon appeared the same year in the trade paper Nimble Nickel.


Art Young began to associate with such political leftists as John Sloan and Piet Vlag, with both of whom he would work at the radical socialist monthly The Masses.

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Art Young became firmly ensconced in the radical environment of Greenwich Village after moving there in 1910.


Art Young explained these sentiments in his autobiography, Art Young: His Life and Times :.


One facet of the establishment Young challenged in his cartoons and drawings was the Associated Press.


Art Young's attacks became overt and damning once he joined the staff of the Masses as a co-editor and contributor, which he held from 1911 to 1918.


Art Young was one of the few original editorial members that stayed with the magazine for its entire run until it folded in December 1917.


In 1918 Art Young helped to establish a similar publication to the Masses, the Liberator.


Art Young served as an illustrator and Washington correspondent for Metropolitan Magazine until it released him due to his outspoken anti-war sentiments.


Unhappy with how editors Max and Crystal Eastman and other staff members were able to live off of the struggling magazine, while he received a nominal fee or worked pro bono, Young left The Liberator in 1919 to start a magazine of his own, Good Morning.


Art Young contributed illustrations to The Nation, The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly, The New Leader, New Masses, The Coming Nation, Dawn, The Call, The New Yorker, and Big Stick.


Art Young wrote many books, including two autobiographies, On My Way and Art Young: His Life and Times.


Art Young issued a collection of his drawings, The Best of Art Young, in 1936.


Art Young continued to incur legal trouble with his drawings during his years at the Masses.


Afraid that Art Young would get into more trouble than he already was, his attorneys insisted he be awakened and given a pencil and pad, which he used to compose a self-portrait.


Art Young died on December 29,1943, at the Hotel Irving in New York City, at age 77.


Art Young's papers are housed in the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.