Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader [NOOK Book]

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In this first comprehensive biography of Cleveland Amory, Marilyn Greenwald applies her considerable journalistic skills to a searching account of the complex life and times of this successful writer turned dedicated animal-rights activist. Amory’s intense commitment to his chosen cause, ignited by the spectacle of a Mexican bullfight he covered as a young journalist, permeated every aspect of his life.
His best-selling books included three classic social critiques — The Proper ...

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Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader

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Overview

In this first comprehensive biography of Cleveland Amory, Marilyn Greenwald applies her considerable journalistic skills to a searching account of the complex life and times of this successful writer turned dedicated animal-rights activist. Amory’s intense commitment to his chosen cause, ignited by the spectacle of a Mexican bullfight he covered as a young journalist, permeated every aspect of his life.
His best-selling books included three classic social critiques — The Proper Bostonians, The Last Resorts, and Who Killed Society? — and his popular series on “Polar Bear,” the cat he rescued from the streets of Manhattan on Christmas Eve in 1978, now available as The Compleat Cat. In the 1960s and 1970s, Amory wrote prolifically for TV Guide (for which he was chief critic for over a decade), Saturday Review, Parade, and other publications. He was a regular commentator on Today until 1963, when he was summarily fired for a story on animal abuse that greatly disturbed NBC’s breakfast audience. In 1967, Amory founded the Fund for Animals, employing his charm, intelligence, and understanding of human nature to garner national publicity for a movement that was, in the 1960s, relatively obscure. He was the first to use celebrities — including Mary Tyler Moore, Doris Day, Grace Kelly, Dick Cavett, and Jack Paar — to rally support for animal rights.
Cleveland Amory reinvented himself several times over the course of his life, and Marilyn Greenwald follows his every step with a penetrating analysis of the man, the times, the animal-rights movement, and Amory’s extraordinary legacy.

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“In Greenwald's narrative, Amory’s personal evolution—from chronicler of the silly and inconsequential pursuits of the rich to the nation's most recognizable animal advocate of the 1970s—is rendered intelligible as the natural course of progression in a thoughtful and engaged individual's life. This is the true strength of her work, the thing that distinguishes it from the obituaries and tributes that accumulated immediately following Amory’s death. . . . This account of the man who wanted to arm bears, recruit an army of the kind, and build a Ranch of Dreams adds greatly to our understanding of his singular contributions to a cause that he championed with passion and the full measure of his days.”
—Humane Society of the United States Newsletter

“Amory supplies plenty of material for a robust biography, and Greenwald does a thoroughly creditable job of it. . . . A man of many parts, Amory may very well be remembered less for his journalism than for his activities on behalf of animals. As an idealist, that may be just as he would prefer.”—Ohioana Quarterly

“Amory’s publicly meditated life is grounded by friends and personal experience as he transforms the social elite’s noblesse oblige of a bygone era into an impassioned modern American activism. Focusing her biography on how he used media commentary to give voice to the voiceless, Greenwald relates the journey of this scion-turned-celebrity as a heroic tale for the Internet age of wandering opinion.”—Journalism History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658399
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 276
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

MARILYN GREENWALD is professor of journalism at the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. An experienced journalist, her book credits include The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate and A Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism and the Career of Charlotte Curtis, a New York Times Notable Book in 1999.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Ultimate Outsider
The First Resorts
A Pen as Sharp as a Stiletto
His Last Duchess
From Mrs. Astor to Her Horse
New Directions
Critiquing the Vast Wasteland
Hunting the Hunters
Man Kind?
In the Belly of the Beast
Getting Their Goats
Nine Lives
Ranch of Dreams
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Books by Cleveland Amory
Index
Illustrations follow page 72.
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