The Press: Ghost Writing

The business of ghostwriting, thoroughly discredited, is believed to be on the decline. But the Oelrichs incident (see above) gave wise Heywood Broun, columnist for the 25 Scripps-Howard newspapers, a chance to review some ghostly history:

Christy Mathewsoris ghost was one Joe O'Neill, Manhattan newsman. Player Mathewson was not in the habit of reading his "writings" as written by Mr. O'Neill, even after they appeared in print. "He never could understand why Snodgrass snarled at him in the dugout one day," Mr. Broun relates. "He was not aware that in his current essay he...

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