Library Program: Will Cuppy


“The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for.”

“Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.”

“It’s easy to see the faults in people I know; it’s hardest to see the good. Especially when the good isn’t there.”

These gems come from American humorist and Auburn native Will Cuppy.

Cuppy was born in 1884 and graduated from Auburn High School in 1902.  He attended the University of Chicago where he earned a Master’s Degree in 1914.  Cuppy eventually settled in New York where he wrote a weekly literary column and several books satirizing natural science, historical figures, and modern living.  Cuppy died in 1949, and his remains were buried in Evergreen Cemetery.  The grave was unmarked until 1985, when a group of local donors paid to have a headstone made.

To get a good laugh and to learn more about Cuppy, stop by Eckhart Public Library’s Close Community Room on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30 PM to hear Ball State University film professor and author Wes Gehring discuss his 2013 biography of Cuppy, Will Cuppy, American Satirist.


About Darcy

I have worked at Eckhart Public Library since 2008 in teen, adult, and genealogy services.
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