Gentleman of the Press: The Life and Times of an Early Reporter, Julian Ralph of the Sun

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9780815625520: Gentleman of the Press: The Life and Times of an Early Reporter, Julian Ralph of the Sun

A portrait of the American newspaper business during the Gilded Age, focusing on the career of one its reporters. Using Ralph's career as a narrative framework, this book introduces him and his colleagues and re-creates the journalistic world of the gaslight era.

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Ralph was a talented and driven reporter for the New York Sun during the late 1800s; much of his life was undocumented, however, and most of his articles were not bylined. By piecing together scraps of history and using educated speculation, Lancaster has laboriously identified Ralph's stories and produced a picture of his life and journalistic times. Issues such as privacy, newspaper competition, biased reporting, and "faking" the news are examined in historical context as well. Ralph's prose was lively and concise (a novelty in that time) and so is Lancaster's account of big city reporting in a competitive field without aid of computers, recorders, telephones, and cars. There are few biographical accounts of reporters--editors receive most of the press--and this is a welcome addition to the literature.
- Jo Cates, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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