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Overview

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.

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White, who died in 1944, was both small-town newspaperman and national celebrity, a journalist, editor and author, popular commentator, Republican political leader and founder of the Progressive party. First published posthumously in 1946, this 2nd ed. of the Autobiography is abridged and edited for the modern reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604715
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: Revised and Abr
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments

Editor's Introduction

1. "As It Was in the Beginning!"

2. The Story of Will (Sometimes Billie)

3. I Choose a Foster Father

4. Destiny Rolls My Dice—"Come Seven"

5. A Reporter in College

6. I Become a Blind Leader of the Blind

7. A Golden Metropolis

8. I Cross the Rubicon

9. The New Editor and His Town

10. I Awaken to Fame

11. At the Century's Turn

12. I Discover Reform

13. Happy Days

14. I Join a Rebellion

15. The Europe Which Has Vanished

16. The Battlelines Form

17. Armageddon

18. The Birth of a Party

19. Decline and Fall

20. A World Aflame

21. The Peace that Passeth Understanding

22. Through the Valley of the Shadow

23. Mostly Personal

24. The Downhill Pull

Biographical Notes

Editorial Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Read the original

    There is no need for an abridged version. The original is not that long and you can easily find a cheap, used copy. It's much better.

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