Books: Magnetism v. Dictaphone

OWEN D. YOUNG—Ida M. Tarbell— Macmillan ($3).

Biographer Ida Minerva Tarbell's concern with business ethics dates from way back yonder, when oil was discovered in her native Pennsylvania hills. Her family cleared out of the way of the oil tycoons' sent Ida to Allegheny College. She worked with Chautauqua for eight years, then went off to Paris to study French methods of writing biography. Her work attracted Editor Samuel Sidney McClure then starting McClure's Magazine. Biographer Tarbell's Life of Abraham Lincoln, serialized, brought 150,000 subscribers to the magazine. Her History of the...

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