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Passionate Pilgrim: The Extraordinary Life of Alma Reed
     

Passionate Pilgrim: The Extraordinary Life of Alma Reed

by May, William D. May, Peter May
 

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Journalist, archeologist, art gallery owner, and world traveler, Alma Reed (1889-1966) lived a life of high drama that is vividly rendered in this action-packed biography. May draws from Reed's own writings, both private and published, among other sources, to create a riveting account of a woman who, whether exploring the ancient ruins of a lost Mayan city or covering

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Journalist, archeologist, art gallery owner, and world traveler, Alma Reed (1889-1966) lived a life of high drama that is vividly rendered in this action-packed biography. May draws from Reed's own writings, both private and published, among other sources, to create a riveting account of a woman who, whether exploring the ancient ruins of a lost Mayan city or covering the infamous Fatty Arbuckle murder trial, lived life on her own terms.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although she began her journalism career as a ``sob sister'' for the San Francisco Call , Alma Reed (1889-1966) recognized early that her forte was archeological reporting. Drawing on Reed's published writings and on interviews with her colleagues, May, a biographer ( Helen Hunt Jackson ) and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , recreates her subject's remarkable adventures in a biography marred by a reliance on fictionalized quotations and occasional florid writing. Beginning her journeys by covering an archeological team from the Carnegie Institute that was surveying the Mayan ruins in Mexico's Yucatan in 1923, Reed broke the story of the theft of priceless objects subsequently smuggled to the Peabody Museum in Boston. After the tragic assassination of her lover, Yucatan Gov. Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Reed made expeditions to North Africa to see the ruins of Carthage, and later devoted herself to promoting the works of the Mexican artist Orozco. (Apr.)
Library Journal
May, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle , here provides an uninspiring account of the life of Alma Sullivan Reed (1889-1966), a journalist who spent her long career promoting an understanding of Mexican culture and history in the United States. May's narrative covers the major events in Reed's life from her first trip to Mexico, her engagement there to revolutionary governor Felipe Carillo Puerto (which ended with his assassination), and Reed's subsequent careers as an archaeology reporter, manager of a New York art gallery, and promoter of the work of Mexican artist Jose Orozco. Despite the drama inherent in Reed's unusual life, May fails to draw the reader into her narrative. She loses authority as a biographer by relying heavily on fabricated and unconvincing dialog to convey Reed's story and never fully addresses the complexities of Reed's character, such as her lifelong propensity for self-aggrandizing exaggeration.-- Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569248874
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.83(d)

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