Pundits, Poets and Wits: An Omnibus of American Newspaper Columns

Pundits, Poets and Wits: An Omnibus of American Newspaper Columns

by Karl Ernest Meyer, Karl E. Meyer
     
 

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In this wonderfully diverse anthology, New York Times editorial writer Karl Meyer brings together 72 of America's finest columnists, the first such collection ever published. The range of voices is remarkable, stretching from Ben Franklin to Anna Quindlen.

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In this wonderfully diverse anthology, New York Times editorial writer Karl Meyer brings together 72 of America's finest columnists, the first such collection ever published. The range of voices is remarkable, stretching from Ben Franklin to Anna Quindlen.

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Library Journal
This is a book with a large common denominator of interest: it has something for everybody. It consists of representative samples of the writings of over 70 American newspaper columnists. Along with the familiar names--Thomas Paine, H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Thompson, Langston Hughes, George Will, Erma Bombeck--are a number of lesser-known writers who have rarely, if ever, been included in an anthology before. The arrangement is chronological, and as we turn the pages, we see how far and in how many directions the newspaper column has traveled since it was naturalized in the 1700s. Not the least interesting part of the collection is the editor's introduction and biocritical notes. The book has no serious rival and is an indispensable single source for the study of newspaper column writing in America. --A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
School Library Journal
YA-- From Benjamin Franklin to Mark Twain, from sportswriter Jim Murray to Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Goodman, Pundits provides a diverse and irreverent ride through American opinion and thought. This anthology of dozens of newspaper columns is an unending delight of wit and sarcasm from the left and right, a compendium of informed writing on affairs of high moment and trivia from the budding of the Republic until now. Meyer guides readers through subjects from southern accents, to the murder of John F. Kennedy, to voting rights and yesterday's baseball double-header. The words dance delightfully, perhaps best teaching strong-headed readers that there is often merit to the other side of an issue. It is lovely, tireless writing for tireless reading. --Margaret Carnes, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735104259
Publisher:
Replica Books
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Karl E. Meyer, a member of The New York Times editorial board, is a Wisconsin-born third-generation journalist. He cubbed for The Milwaukee Journal and was an editorial writer and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post before joining The Times in 1979. His previous books include The Plundered Past, The Pleasures of Archaeology, The Art Museum, and The Cuban Invasion (with Tad Szulc).

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