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Starting out as a cub reporter in Colorado, Damon Runyon soon found the dusty sandlots of western semi-pro baseball an inadequate field for his major-league writing talent. Moving to New York City in 1910, he landed a beat at William Randolph Hearst’s New York American, where he regaled readers with detailed, behind-the scenes tales of famous sportsmen such as Jack Johnson, Jess Willard, Grover Cleveland Alexander (“the Great”), and Babe Ruth. Runyon later moved on to short stories and Broadway plays, but real fascination in his writing can also be found in his clever sketching of talented and sympathetic men, simply climbing into a boxing ring, or trying to hit a small white ball.
This short collection of articles is the first of a multi-volume edition of Runyon’s sportswriting presented by The Archive of American Journalism. Written with wit, insight, and literary flair, the stories have been gleaned from the pages of the Washington Herald, El Paso Herald, Omaha Daily Bee, Richmond Times-Dispatch and other papers. The articles are set out in chronological order, taking the reader through a dramatic year of baseball, boxing, college football, and wrestling from the Classical era of American sports.
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The Great War Reporter: Journalism 1914-1916
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The well-traveled and photogenic Richard Harding Davis represented all that was edgy and glamorous about the new breed of American journalist: foreign correspondent. Fearlessly tramping by rail, road and horseback to the front lines of the “Great War,” he sent back colorful dispatches on the murderous trench warfare in France, shocking German atrocities in Belgium, and the convoluted fighting in the Balkan mountains, where tribal loyalties and murky national rivalries created a confusing strategic chessboard. Davis ran serious risks to his life and freedom; on one nearly fatal day he was arrested by the Germans as a British spy, and managed to turn the incident into one of the most famous newspaper stories of the entire war. The Great War Reporter: Journalism 1914 – 1916 is the first compilation of Davis’ reporting in history, a publishing landmark that will help students, historians and casual readers understand the most important single event of the 20th century.
Damyon Runyon/Walter Winchell
Reporting for the New York World
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Nellie Bly's insanity act got her committed to the notorious Blackwell's Island asylum--a risky venture that resulted in the most shocking journalistic sensation the jaded citizens of New York had ever read. But with "Behind Asylum Bars," Bly was only getting started. Adopting a series of clever disguises and deceptive accents, this wily and streetwise reporter was welcomed into underground gambling houses, cut-rate surgeons' operating rooms, illicit adoption agencies, creepy mesmerists' parlors, and reeking tenements--a colorful panoply of the city's cultural underground. Her fearless reporting inspired sensational headlines and the rising circulation numbers of her employer, The New York World, and introduced the era of muckraking journalism. This fascinating collection of original, unabridged articles--most reproduced in full for the first time since their original publication--traces By's brief yet astounding career as an undercover journalist.
R e p o r t i n g : T h e T u l s a R i o t / 1 9 2 1
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On June 1, 1921, an awkward encounter in a small elevator spiraled into the deadliest riot in American history. After two days of burning, looting, killing and mayhem in Tulsa, the reported death toll stood at "unknown (possibly hundreds)” and an entire neighborhood--Tulsa’s prospering African-American enclave of Greenwood--had been looted, bombed, and reduced to smoldering ruins.
Published by The Archive of American Journalism, this collection of contemporary newspaper and magazine articles brings readers a street-level view of the events in Tulsa. Through dozens of newspaper bulletins, firsthand accounts, in-depth investigations, interviews, telegraph dispatches, editorials and opinion pieces, this first volume in The Archive’s unique Reporting series holds up a mirror to the city, its social and economic conflicts, and the wider rifts in American society.
About The Archive
The Archive of American Journalism began as a private collection of the long-neglected, hard-to-find works of major American journalists. We now have five books in print, four new books in production for 2018, and an online compilation of more than 6,000 freely accessible works by 16 major American authors. This innovative resource presents all articles with their original titles and format, and unabridged. The collection is organized by author and in chronological order for the ease of students, teachers, historians and casual readers. With a title or date, users can access a full-text, printable PDF of any article within seconds. (We are now in the process of converting our PDFs to more user-friendly and visually inviting WordPress pages.) Valuable time used in browsing "sponsored" search engines, thumbing through confusing bibliographies, and wandering the dusty halls of labyrinthine academic libraries can instead be spent reading, studying and enjoying the original texts.
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St. Paul, Minnesota Monday, October 8, 2018