Edward Dahlberg, American writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism, was born in Boston in 1900. After a tumultuous early childhood,
he was placed by his mother in the Jewish Orphan Asylum in Cleveland, where he remained until 1917. Dahlberg then joined the
army and later worked as a day laborer while wandering the American West. In 1921, he enrolled at the University of California,
Berkeley, where he majored in philosophy and anthropology, before transferring to Columbia University to complete his degree.
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