Publishers: Man of Two Worlds

The highlights of Joseph Pulitzer's life are well known: his rags-to-riches rise to become publisher of two leading U.S. dailies, his championing of the underdog, his epic battles with William Randolph Hearst, his efforts to upgrade journalism by establishing the Pulitzer prizes. Now, for the first time, a biographer has filled in the gaps between the accomplishments in vast detail. The evidence mounts up in William Swanberg's Piditzer* that the famed publisher was a far more erratic and self-tortured personality than is generally realized.

Within Pulitzer, writes Swanberg, were "two warring...

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