Joseph Pulitzer's NEW YORK WORLD flourished at the turn of the 20th century and out of it grew what we think of as the modern daily paper. It was famous for muckraking and sensationalism but to a contemporary eye what is most striking about the paper (and in particular its Sunday edition) is that it was filled with colourful art - caricatures, full-page cartoons, disaster drawings, fiction illustrations, hand-lettered typography, weird science, halftone photographs, maps and much more. In order to save them from destruction, author Nicholson Baker started buying up newspaper archives from libraries around the world, eventually forming the American Newspaper Repository. Now, with co- author Margaret Brentano he has selected 85 of the finest examples of period reporting, bold and playful graphic design, long-lost comic strips and society pieces from the heyday of THE NEW YORK WORLD for reproduction in this oversized volume.
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Nicholson Baker has published seven novels and three works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001. He regularly contributes to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.
Margaret Brentano has worked in publishing and as a reporter. This is her first book. Baker and Brentano are married and live with their two children in Maine. Together they founded the American Newspaper Repository, a collection of 19th- and 20th-century newspapers. In 2004, the collection moved to Duke University.
*Starred Review* Baker has stirred controversy both as a novelist and the author of Double Fold (2001), the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning manifesto on the importance of preserving old newspapers as both historical documents and works of art. No mere theorist, Baker purchased the only surviving complete set of the Sunday World, Joseph Pulitzer's phenomenally popular New York City newspaper, and now he and his wife, reporter Brentano, present some of the jewels of their precious collection in a beautifully produced and endlessly fascinating volume that celebrates the ingenuity and verve of the World and turn-of-the-twentieth-century popular graphic art. Judiciously selected pages feature intriguing headlines, articles, and advertisements, and, most spectacularly, showcase clever, zany, marvelously kinetic, even elegant illustrations, political cartoons, and comics. Seeking to seduce and secure readers, the World offers exclusives by Mark Twain and Arctic explorer Robert Peary; colorful tributes to such technological wonders as electric lights on Broadway, the subway, skyscrapers, and battleships; and striking images of the great tide of immigrants arriving on Ellis Island. Baker and Brentano are to be commended for rescuing these invaluable and scintillating treasures, vivid artifacts of the rapidly metamorphosing society that generated our own. Donna Seaman
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