Jay N. "Ding" Darling (1876-1962) was one of America's most beloved political cartoonists. For more than four decades, he drew for the Des Moines Register and his cartoons were syndicated around the country for millions to see. A two-time Pulitzer winner, Ding repeatedly topped popluarity polls throughout the Twenties and Thirties.
In Iconoclast in Ink, cartoon historial Richard Samuel West sets out to show that Ding was a fiercely independent spirit, a progressive Republican who followed his conscience, without care for party dogma. This led him to take many surprising stands, such as impassioned suppport for the League of Nations and later the New Deal.
Ding also was an influential conservationist and a founder of the national Wildlife Federation. The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida is named in his honor.
This book explored his life's work, in all its antic and powerful glory.
Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of Jay N. "Ding" Darling is a profusely illustrated volume published by The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
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