Newspaper Days: An Autobiography

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During Christmas 1891, Dreiser, age 21 and miserable as a bill collector in Chicago, decided to find a job as a reporter: 'I conceived of newspapers as wonderlands in which all concerned were prosperous and happy ... I was also determined to shake off the garments of the commonplace in which I seemed swathed and step forth into the public arena, where I could be seen and understood for what I was - a writer'. He at last found a slot at the Chicago Daily Globe, helping cover the 1892 Democratic National Convention.

This, in turn, led to jobs with newspapers in St. Louis, Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh - a scraping, unremunerative, eight-year journey through bustling railroad towns, with New York and Pulitzer's World the final terminal. He started as a reporter, but found greater success as a feature writer, where he was better able to bend fact toward fiction. He specialised in lowlife stories, the research for which was a working education in the brutalities of life: 'The police courts, the jails, the houses of ill repute, trade failures and trickery - it was all a grand magnificent spectacle': a pageant of human weakness, wickedness, and survival through cunning and courage.

'Everywhere I looked I found a terrifying desire for lust or pleasure or wealth, accompanied by a heartlessness which was freezing to the soul, or a dogged resignation to deprivation and misery'. He covered lynchings, streetcar strikes, robberies and murders - all of it testing his abilities as an observer and awakening the novelist within. It was the school that would prepare him for Sister Carrie (1900), Jennie Gerhardt<'em> (1911), and An American Tragedy (1925).

First published in 1922 in what the editor calls an 'expurgated abridgment', Newspaper Days is here published in an edition based on Dreiser's original typescript.
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SKU 9781574231380
Barcode # 9781574231380
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Theodore DREISER

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