|George Seldes 1890-1995|
|Can These Things Be
You Can't Print That! The Truth Behind The News, 1918-1928. A Star Book by George Seldes. 1929 ~Garden City NY. The War; Italy; Russia; Arabia; The Truth About Mexico; and The Rest of Europe. 465 pages. From the Introduction: "In his search for facts the newspaperman on foreign service contends with more censorship, propaganda, intimidation and frequently terrorism in Continental Europe nowadays than in that supposedly dark journalistic age which preceded the world war..." Chapters include: "The Truth about the War at Sea", "The Truth about Fascist Terrorism and Censorship", "The Pope and Fascism", "The Terror in Russia Continues", "The Truth about France and the Eastern War", "Then Up Spoke the King of Iraq", "American Reporters and Mexico", etc.
Seldes was born in Alliance, New Jersey, on 16th November, 1890. When
he was nineteen he was employed as a cub reporter by the Pittsburgh Leader.
In 1914 he was appointed night editor of the Pittsburgh Post. As a young
man he was influenced by the investigative journalism of Lincoln Steffens.
In 1916 Seldes moved to London where he worked for the United Press. When
the United States joined the First World War in 1917, Seldes was sent to
France where he worked as the war correspondent for the Marshall Syndicate.
At end of the war he managed to obtain an exclusive interview with Paul
von Hindenburg. Unfortunately for Seldes, the article was suppressed and
never appeared in the American press. Seldes spent the next ten years as
an international reporter for the Chicago Tribune. This included an interview
with Lenin in 1922. However, the Soviet government did not like Seldes's
reports and in 1923 he was expelled from the country. The editor of the
Chicago Tribune sent him to Italy where he wrote about Benito Mussolini
and the rise of fascism. Seldes investigated the murder of Giacomo Matteotti,
the head of the Italian Socialist Party. His article implicating Mussolini
in the killing, resulted in Seldes being expelled from Italy. The Chicago
Tribune sent Seldes to Mexico in 1927 but his articles criticizing American
corporations concerning their use of the country's mineral rights, were
not always published by the newspaper. Seldes returned to Europe but found
that increasingly his work was being censored to fit the political views
of the newspaper's owner, Robert McCormack. Disillusioned, Seldes left
the Chicago Tribune and worked as a freelance writer. In his first two
books, You Can't Print That! (1929) and Can These Thins Be! (1931), Seldes
included material that he had not been allowed to publish in the Chicago
Tribune. His next book, World Panorama (1933), was a narrative history
of the period that followed the First World War. In 1934 Seldes published
a history of the Catholic Church, The Vatican. This was followed by an
expose of the world armaments industry, Iron, Blood and Profits (1934),
an account of Benito Mussolini, Sawdust Caesar (1935), and two books on
the newspaper industry, Freedom of the Press (1935) and Lords of the Press
(1938). During this period he also reported on the Spanish Civil War for
the New York Post. On his return to the United States in 1940 Seldes published
Witch Hunt, an account of the persecution of people with left-wing political
views in America, and The Catholic Crisis, where he attempted to show the
close relationship between the Catholic Church and fascist organizations
in Europe. In 1940 Seldes began his own political newsletter called In
Fact. A journal that eventually reached a circulation of 176,000. One of
the first articles published in the newsletter concerned the link between
cigarette smoking and cancer. Seldes later explained that at the time,
"The tobacco stories were suppressed by every major newspaper. For ten
years we pounded on tobacco as being one of the only legal poisons you
could buy in America." As well as writing his newsletter Seldes continued
to publish books. This included Facts and Fascism (1943), 1000 Americans
(1947), an account of the people who controlled America and The People
Don't Know (1949) on the origins of the Cold War. In the early 1950s Seldes
work came under attack from Joseph McCarthy. Despite his long history of
being hostile to all forms of authoritarianism and totalitarianism, he
was accused of being a communist. He later recalled how: "Newspaper columnists
would write that a Russian agent stopped by my office each week to pay
my salary. I didn't have the money to sue them for libel. My lawyer told
me it would take years to reach a settlement and even if I won I would
never see a dime."
Seles was blacklisted and now found it difficult to get his journalism published. He continued to write books including Tell the Truth and Run (1953), Never Tire of Protesting (1968), Even the Gods Can't Change History (1976) and Witness to a Century (1987). George Seldes died on 2nd July, 1995, aged 104.
George Seldes (1890-1995) Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Tell the Truth and Run, the dramatic story of muckraking journalist George Seldes (1890-1995), is a piercing examination of American journalism. Eighty years a newspaperman, Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent who became America's most important press critic. Through Seldes's encounters with Pershing, Lenin and Mussolini; the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the "lords of the press," Tell the Truth and Run provides a fresh perspective on Twentieth-Century history while raising profound ethical, professional and political questions about journalism in America. Seldes at age 98 is the centerpiece of the film: remarkably engaging,witty and still impassioned about his ideas and ideals. Ralph Nader,Victor Navasky, Ben Bagdikian, Daniel Ellsberg, Nat Hentoff and Jeff Cohen, among others, provide incisive commentary. Stunning archival footage and over 500 headlines, photographs and articles provide a rich historical backdrop. Tell the Truth and Run raises fundamental questions about the recorded history of the Twentieth Century; about freedom, fairness and diversity in the media; about power and abuse of power; and about public citizenship and the democratic process.
|Robert W. Service 1874 - 1958|
of a Rolling Stone 1916 ~ Dodd, Mead & Co.
William Service (January 16, 1874 - September 11, 1958 ) was born in
Preston, Lancashire, England to a Scottish bank clerk and the daughter
of an English factory owner. At the age of 15 he followed his father into
the banking business, but in 1896 he emigrated to Canada where he joined
his younger brother in an experiment in ranching. The life of a farmer
in British Columbia, however, was far from his expectations and after 18
months he set off for California. For the next 6 years Service drifted
up and down the Pacific coast. In 1903, finding himself broke in Vancouver,
he applied to and was hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce and won a
posting in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Here Service found the western
life he had sought, with its balance of a frontier sort of social life
and the solitude of the northern woods. During his wanderings Service had
spent much time reading and dreaming and one day he was invited to recite
at a church concert. A friend of his suggested that Service write something
about the Yukon. He was inspired, as he tells it, by his surroundings.
"It was Saturday night, and from the various bars I heard sounds of revelry.
The line popped into my mind: 'A bunch of boys were whooping it up' and
it stuck there. Good enough for a start.". Desiring a quiet place to work
he went to his bank where the startled bank guard fired a shot at him the
event which led Service's mind toward the idea of a shooting and, "The
Shooting of Dan McGrew" was born. The flood gates opened, Service wrote
so many poems over the next few months that he decided to publish them
and found a publisher who would pay a 10% royalty, and Songs of a Sourdough
(reissued as The Spell of the Yukon) was published to some success. In
1908 he was transformed 400 miles north to Dawson where he composed and
published Ballads of a Cheechako and, the following year, resigned from
the bank in order to write full time. Setting up shop in a log cabin Service
decided to write a novel about the Gold Rush. In preparation he travelled
along the Klondike River visiting the famous gold sites and boom towns;
interviewing those who had settled in the area during 1898 and read everything
he could find on the subject. Having finished the novel he moved to New
York City where the book was published as The Trail of 98. Having seen
the book to publication service travelled to Louisiana, then Cuba and back
to Alberta from whence he returned to the Yukon by paddling a canoe down
the Mackensie River. Back in his cabin Service took up where he had left
off, enjoying a bohemian sort of life and writing a great amount of poetry.
In 1912, having finished Rhymes of a Rolling Stone he accepted the job
of war correspondent in the Balkan war. During his travels in Europe Service
married a woman from paris and purchased a villa in Brittany. In the First
World War he served in an America volunteer ambulance unit and became a
war correspondent for the Canadian government. Following the war he travelled
and wrote two volumes of poetry and several novels. With the outbreak of
the Second World War he escaped from Poland to Hollywood where he lived
in exile until the end of the war and his return to France Though
he never returned to the Yukon after he left in 1912 it remained a part
of his life until his death in 1958 in Lancieux, France.
The following obituary appeared
in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph of Sept. 16, 1958:
And often wished it high.
So that I might with rapture write
An epic of the sky;
A poem cast in contour vast;
Of fabled gods and fays;
A classic screed that few would read
Yet nearly all would praise.
|Ernest Thompson Seton 1860-1946|
|Wild Animals I Have Known 1898
Includes stories about his favorite animals: Lobo the Wolf, Silverspot the Crow, Raggylug the Rabbit, Bingo the Dog, the Sprinfield Fox, the Pacing Mustang, Wully the Yaller Dog, and Redruff the Partridge. It also includes about 200 in text, B&W line drawings.
Online eText Edition: http://www.gutenberg.net/dirs/etext02/wldam10.txt
a descendant of the Scottish Setons who fought for the Stuarts in 1745
and then fled to England under the name of Thompson. Ernest Thompson Seton
(he assumed his family’s historical identity in his twenties) was born
in southern England in August 1860, the ninth son in a family of ten boys.
When he was six years old, Seton’s family emigrated to Canada, and for
several years they resided on a farm near Lindsay, Ontario, where Seton
began his lifelong study of birds – often catching and dissecting wildlife
to assure that his drawings were realistic. Falling onto hard times, the
family moved to Toronto in 1870, but Seton found rural sustenance in the
wilds of the Don Valley, the Toronto Marsh, and Queen’s Park, all of which,
at that time, teemed with wildlife. His forays into the wilderness did
not, however, interfere with his studies: his brilliance as a pupil was
soon recognized, and he continued his schooling at Jarvis Street Collegiate.
Later, he was apprenticed to a Toronto portrait artist and then studied
at the Ontario College of Art where he took the Gold Medal in 1879. For
a while he lived with his brother on their farm in Carberry, Manitoba,
(20 miles from the Hillman home) and his experience there intensified an
interest in animal life, particularly in coyotes, bears, and wolves. He
is best known for his extraordinary animal stories, popularized originally
in magazines before being reintroduced in book form as Wild Animals I Have
Known (1898). he was, in 1910, co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
|George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950|
|Saint Joan 1925 ~ a Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an
Electronic Text http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/~dietrich/workson-line.htm
|Bernard Shaw, born in Dublin in 1856, was essentially shy, yet created the persona of G.B.S., the showman, controversialist, satirist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon and dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into the English language: Shavian, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities. After his arrival in London in 1876 he became an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He wrote on many social aspects of the day. He undertook his own education at the British Museum and consequently became keenly interested in cultural subjects. Thus his prolific output included music, art and theatre reviews which were collected into several volumes: He wrote five novels and some shorter fiction. He conducted a strong attack on the London theatre and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. Shaw was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty." G.B.S. died in 1950.|
|Vincent Sheean 1899–1975|
|An American Among the Riffi ~ 1926 ~ NY: The Century Co. 345
pages ~ The author traveled among the Rif tribes fighting the French and
Spanish in Morocco.
|Vincent Sheean (1899–1975). With his book Personal History, a combination of autobiography and political commentary, U.S. foreign correspondent and writer Vincent Sheean helped create the genre of book journalism. He also published several biographies. The son of Irish American parents, James Vincent Sheean was born on Dec. 5, 1899, in Pana, Ill. He attended the University of Chicago Intrigued by the visible madness spilling over German-occupied territories like the Sudetenland in September 1938, Chicago native Vincent Sheean watched with disdain as a German minority living in Czechoslovakia turned ultra-patriotic and heavy-handed in the face of approaching Wehrmacht troops. As an U.S. American, Sheean only barely escaped the contempt his fellow French and British journalists—and his British-born wife—earned from the people of Prague due to France and Britain’s betrayal of their country in 1938.|
|Margaret Sidney June 22, 1844 - August 2, 1924|
Little Peppers and
How They Grew
Here's what one reviewer said about Five Little Peppers and How They Grew:
This book is about a poor family of five children and their widowed mother. It's about their troubles of being poor and their ability to always look on the bright side. Sidney tells about how the family deals with their problems. The family goes through many hardships, such as an illness throughout the family and a temporary blindness occurring. They think all is over when a twist of fate turns their spirits around. This book has a great storyline with well-developed characters. It has some tougher words which makes the book an older children's novel. But it is a wonderful book and the author did an excellent job making the reader believe he or she is actually there seeing what's going on and really knowing the characters. I would recommend this book to readers who like stories of growing up and dealing with hardships.
Etexts by Margaret Sidney:
1 The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, 1881
2 The Five Little Peppers Midway, 1890
3 Five Little Peppers Grown Up, 1892
6 The Adventures of Joel Pepper, 1900
7 The Five Little Peppers Abroad, 1902
9 The Five Little Peppers and Their Friends, 1904
|Harriett Mulford Stone Lothrop, wrote about the beloved Pepper family under the pseudonym Margaret Sidney. Born June 22, 1844 in New Haven, Connecticut, Harriett Stone was the daughter of architect Sidney Mason Stone. In 1878 she began sending short stories to Wide Awake, a children's magazine published by Daniel Lothrop. Eventually two stories--"Polly Pepper's Chicken Pie" and "Phronsie Pepper's New Shoes"--caught the special attention of the editor, who wanted more Pepper stories, and of the publisher himself, who married the author in 1881. That was the same year his company published The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, the first of twelve books about the cheerful Pepper clan. In 1883 Harriett and Daniel Lothrop took up residence in historic Concord, Massachusetts, at a house called the Wayside, which had previously been home to Louisa May Alcott (see also Little Women and Wicked Women: Louisa May Alcott Etexts), and then to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Attracted to the house especially for its connection to Hawthorne, the Lothrops were actively interested in the historical preservation of their home. Harriett Lothrop was also eventually responsible for the preservation of other homes in Concord, including Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott lived while writing Little Women, and Grapevine Cottage, where the Concord grape was first cultivated. After her husband's death in 1892, Harriett Lothrop ran his publishing company for two years before selling it (it eventually became Lothrop, Lee and Shepard).With more time to devote to writing, Harriett Lothrop penned nine of the Pepper books between 1897 and 1916. Overall, she wrote some thirty other books, including A Little Maid of Concord Town and A Little Maid of Boston, set in Revolutionary times; these are evidence of her desire to impart the ideals of patriotism and liberty to children. Also to that end, in 1895 she founded a national society, Children of the American Revolution. She spent her last years in extended travels overseas, and it became her custom to winter in California, where she died, in San Francisco, on August 2, 1924. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.|
|May Sinclair 1862-1946|
|Arnold Waterlow: A Life ~ 1924 ~ MacMillan ~ 446 pages
(1862-1946) Mary Amelia St. Clair Sinclair: A novelist and suffragist,
May Sinclair was not educated until she was 18, when study with Dorothea
Beale inspired her to begin writing poetry and, later, fiction. She served
as an ambulance driver in World War I and wrote poetry and fiction based
on her war experience.
Between the early twentieth century and the mid-1920s, May Sinclair was one of the most successful and widely known of British women novelists.
Sinclair's life offers a number of explanations for both the stylistic and thematic range of her work, and for her subsequent obscurity. She was born in 1863, near Liverpool, the youngest of six children, and the only girl. Her father, William Sinclair, was part-owner of a shipping business, and for a while the family enjoyed middle-class comfort and respectability, although the family environment was far from cultured or intellectual. Her mother was from a northern Irish Protestant background; she was narrow, inflexible, and favoured her sons over both her daughter and her husband. While preferring her sons, she was also clear in what she expected from her daughter – obedience, humility, and a commitment to domestic pursuits. Sinclair's education, at home, apart from a year spent at Cheltenham Ladies' College when she was 18, was conducted against constant disapproval from her mother. Intellectual achievement was both unfeminine and a threat to Mrs Sinclair's rigidly orthodox religious beliefs. Over the last twenty years, Sinclair's life and work have been reconsidered and reread as hugely significant in terms of the development of the novel, the representation of women's lives, and the reciprocal relationship between social contexts and movements and the novel form. May Sinclair, who suffered from Parkinsin's Disease, died in 1946.
May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian
|Elsie Singmaster 1879-1958|
|A Boy at Gettysburg 1924 Houghton
John Baring's House
|Elsie Singmaster was born in Pennsylvania in 1879, graduated
Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe, and died in Gettysburg in 1958. During her
40-year writing career, she published hundreds of short stories and
38 books, most notably Basil Everman (1921) and Bennett Malin (1922).
Lesley J. Gordon is Associate Professor of History at the University
of Akron and author of General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend.
|F. Hopkinson Smith|
|Colonel Carter's Christmas: The romance of an old-fashioned
gentleman ~ 1903 ~ NY: Charles Scribner's Sons ~ Illustrated
By F.C. Yohn and A.I. Keller.
Starts with "To my reast it will be remembered ... Colonel Carter. . . Cartersville, Viriginia
Carter: "a stock figure the mint-julep-drinking Southern gentleman, hospitable, simple-hearted, brimming over w/ eloquence and gallantry, at sea in commerical new York, where he is ready to fight a duel with anyone whom he believes to have offended his honor, but evenutally resued from penury by the discovery of coal on his property"
Tom Grogan - fiction by F. Hopkinson Smith. Tom Grogan is extensively enhanced with 778 annotations linked to the Encyclopedia of Self-Knowledge. The purpose of the annotations is to help advance Emotional Literacy Education and Self-Knowledge. The approximate book size for Tom Grogan is 269,259 bytes. Site includes links to editor reviewed directories about F. Hopkinson Smith. If available, a biography and picture about F. Hopkinson Smith have also been included. URL:
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Tom Grogan (plain text)
Colonel Carter of Carterville
The Under Dog
The Tides of Barnegat ~ 1906
Caleb West, master diver
Desperate Youth (1921) (story A Kentucky Cinderella)
Deep Waters (1920) (novel Caleb West, Master Diver)
Felix O'Day (1920) (novel)
Kentucky Cinderella, A (1917) (story)
Tides of Barnegat, The (1917) (novel)
Kennedy Square (1916) (novel)
Colonel Carter of Cartersville (1915) (novel)
Art and Honor (1913) (story)
Smith (1838-1915): Francis
Hopkinson Smith had several careers: engineer, artist, illustrator,
and short story writer. Smith was a successful engineer, taking on difficult
feats such as the foundations for the Statue of Liberty. He devoted more
and more time to his hobby, which was painting. Smith traveled frequently
to Europe and became known for his work in portraits, genre, and illustration.
Smith accidentally began his career as a writer when he was in his fifties.
A remarkable after-dinner raconteur, he decided to commit his stories to
paper. In collections such as "At Close Range," Smith's stories were alert
and businesslike, in the style of a reporter, with no sentimentality.
Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on the 23rd of October 1838,
a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration
of Independence. He >ecame a contractor in New York City and did much work
for ;he Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport,
Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation
for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbour, the Race Rock
Lighthouse off New London, Conn., and many life-saving stations. His vacations
were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards
in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of
travel, illustrated by himself; they include Old Lines in Ntw Black and
White (1885); Well-Worn Roads (1886); A White Umbrella in Mexico (1889);
Gondola Days (1897), and The Venice of To-Day (1897). His novels and short
stories are especially .felicitous in their portrayal of the Old South.
Among them are: Col. Carter of Cartersville (1891), which was successfully
dramatized; A Day at La Guerre's and other Days (1892); A Gentleman Vagabond
(1895); Tom Grogan (1896); Caleb West, Master-Diver (1898); The Other Fellow
(1899); The Fortunes of Oliver Horn (1902), which has reminiscences of
his artist friends; Col. Carter's Christmas (1904); At Close Range (1905);
The Tides of Barnegat (1906); The Veiled Lady (1907); The Romance of an
Old Fashioned Gentleman (1907); Peter (1908); and Forty Minutes Late and
Other Stories (1909).
|Harriet Lummis Smith|
|The Girls of Friendly Terrace or Peggy Raymond's Success 1912
|Laura Rountree Smith|
|The Pixie in the House
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