Michael Wilson, Salt of the Earth

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Michael Wilson (1914-1978) was born in McAlester, Oklahoma and educated at the University of California-Berkeley, where he took a BA degree in philosophy in 1936. As an undergraduate, Wilson was active in student politics and joined the communist movement. After postgraduate studies and a year in Europe, he returned to the Berkeley campus as a political organizer and instructor of courses in Marxist theory (Baker 182).

Wilson had always planned to become a writer and initially experimented with “proletarian” short stories about the struggles of the working class. Eventually his brother-in-law, Paul Jarrico, persuaded him to try his hand at screenwriting in Los Angeles, where Jarrico had been writing movie scripts since the mid-1930s. Wilson moved to Hollywood in 1940 and earned five

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Citation: Chura, Patrick. "Salt of the Earth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 July 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41642, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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