Irvin Cobb

University Press of Kentucky

Author and critic H.L. Mencken called Irvin S. Cobb "at once the successor to Mark Twain and the heir of Edgar Allan Poe."  Cobb's "Judge Priest" stories eventually became a film starring his friend Will Rogers, and his short story "Fishhead" inspired Robert Bloch to delve into the macabre in his novel Psycho.  The Paducah native's prolific output and fame even compelled a young Rod Serling to pen a radio play of Cobb's life.

Still, since his mid 20th century high point, Cobb's fame and reputation have dimmed.  Everywhere, that is, save in his native western Kentucky. 

Paducah Native Among Five Chosen for Ky Writers Hall of Fame Induction

Jan 8, 2017
McCracken County Public Library

Five authors have been chosen for induction into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. 

Relay for Life of McCracken County hosts the American Cancer Society's "Main Course" event this Thursday at the Irvin Cobb Hotel Event Center. Eight local restaurants and two wineries are participating, along with music from the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Little Big Band and live and silent auctions featuring signed scripts of critically acclaimed TV shows. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Relay for Life Specialist Tom Dolan about the event.

From the collection of Todd Hatton

Irvin S. Cobb: Back Home is the latest entry in WKMS' award-winning series of documentaries that tell the stories of our Four Rivers region.  It originally aired March 30th, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the passing of one of western Kentucky's most famous native sons. 

His name, along with that of U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley, is ubiquitous throughout the region they both called home.  However, not many people today are aware of his remarkable career and his achievements in journalism, literature, the movies, and on radio. 

Join us Sunday, March 30 at 9 a.m. for the story of Irvin Cobb: Back Home.

Irvin Cobb's name can be found throughout western Kentucky. It graces a bridge, a resort, a hotel, and a golf tournament. But despite being one of the most famous writers of the early 20th century, not many people know that much about him. This latest Sounds Good documentary hopes to change all that.