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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer$
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James Dempsey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049267

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049267.001.0001

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Death of the Prophet

Death of the Prophet

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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

James Dempsey

University Press of Florida

During 1917–18, in part to avoid being drafted, Thayer took a job with the then Chicago-based Dial. There, he met Randolph Bourne, a progressive-minded and pacifist writer, who was feuding with John Dewey, another writer for The Dial, who supported America's entry into the war. Thayer began planning his own magazine and wanted Bourne to become an editor. Before this could be realized, however, Bourne died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. When The Dial became more overtly political, Thayer resigned his post. Around this time, he met Alyse Gregory, who would become one of his editors.

Keywords:   Randolph Bourne, John Dewey, Alyse Gregory, influenza epidemic, pacifism, progressive ideas, radicalism

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