Autobiography of William Allen White

ISBN-10: 0700604715

ISBN-13: 9780700604715

Edition: 2nd 1990

Authors: Sally Foreman Griffith, William Allen White

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Abridged and edited for the modern reader and available in paperback for the first time ever, this second edition brings back into print a classic autobiography of Middle America--an immensely readable document that enriches our understanding of Progressivism and politics, journalism, and the social history of small-town America from Reconstruction into the Roaring Twenties. At the time of his death in 1944, William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette, was a national celebrity, proclaimed one of the truly great Americans of his age. Life magazine called him "a living symbol of small-town simplicity and kindliness and common sense." During his career White had managed to expand his circle of influence far beyond Emporia Kansas to include most of the nation. By the end of his life he had become a nationally acclaimed journalist and author of biographies, novels, and short stories. He was also widely known for his shrewd commentary on contemporary events in the national media. An influential Republican political leader, he founded the Progressive party and was a longtime advocate of social reform and individual rights. But what endeared him most to his contemporaries was that, in spite of national fame, he remained first and foremost a small-town newspaperman. First published posthumously in 1946, White's Autobiography was immediately hailed as a classic portrait, not simply of White himself, but of the men and women who transformed America from an agrarian society to a powerful industrial nation in the years before World War I. A bestselling Book-of-the-Month Club selection, the Autobiography was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. This new edition, edited to eliminate repetitions and digressions, features an introduction by Sally Foreman Griffith, author of a recent biography of White. Griffith explores the background of the Autobiography and illuminates its place in the development of the autobiographical genre. "A crackling good read. Griffith, in slicing off fat and organizing the material more sensibly, has really made the autobiography much more accessible to modern readers. After all, White himself would have done some such editing job had he lived. . . . Griffith's introduction is informative and entertaining."--George Juergens, author of Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World and News from the White House. "Compulsively readable; White knew "everyone" in his day, and he has a wonderful journalistic talent for the memorable and evocative story. . . . The book is both an important political and cultural document and a lasting example of the autobiographical art, a classic of the genre. I welcome its reissue."--Paul Boyer, Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor of American Culture, Northwestern University, author of Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920.
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 4/27/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

Sally F. Griffith is an independent scholar. Among her previous publications are Home Town News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette (1989), an edition of The Autobiography of William Allen White (1990), and Serving History in a Changing World: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in the Twentieth Century (2002).

Editor's Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
"As It Was in the Beginning!"
The Story of Will (Sometimes Billie)
I Choose a Foster Father
Destiny Rolls My Dice--"Come Seven"
A Reporter in College
I Become a Blind Leader of the Blind
A Gilded Metropolis
I Cross the Rubicon
The New Editor and His Town
I Awaken to Fame
At the Century's Turn
I Discover Reform
Happy Days
I Join a Rebellion
The Europe Which Has Vanished
The Battlelines Form
The Birth of a Party
Decline and Fall
A World Aflame
The Peace That Passeth Understanding
Through the Valley of the Shadow
Mostly Personal
The Downhill Pull
Biographical Notes
Editorial Notes
Selected Bibliography
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