Montgomery Ward Snopes

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Montgomery Ward Snopes
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Snopes, Montgomery Ward
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Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Snopes
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Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Pornographer
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First Person
Biography: 

Montgomery Ward is the son of I.O. Snopes and the "half-brother" of Clarence (they have different mothers; I.O. is a bigamist). On his return to Jefferson after World War I, he opened up what Ratliff calls "a dry whorehouse" (59) - an establishment just off the Square where men could view French postcards featuring "nekkid" people (57). After serving a term in the penitentiary, he ends up working in the film industry in Hollywood. He narrates a chapter of The Mansion, where his voice and perspective are surprisingly sophisticated. In the novel Mink Snopes tells the warden of the prison where he's also a prisoner that Montgomery Ward is "my brother's grandson" (99), but there's no evidence anywhere else in the fictions that Mink has a brother, and generationally such a relationship is almost impossible; this is another of the many unexplained branches on the Snopes family tree.

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CUT: Monty spent time in France during World War I, though as a non-combatant ostensibly working with Gavin Stevens for the YMCA. While in France he ran a small brothel for soldiers, and
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