William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910 by Ben Procter

By Ben Procter

William Randolph Hearst was once probably the most colourful and significant figures of turn-of-the-century the US, a guy who replaced the face of yankee journalism and whose effect extends to the current day. Now, in William Randolph Hearst, Ben Procter supplies us the main authoritative account of Hearst's remarkable occupation in newspapers and politics.
Born to nice wealth--his father was once a partial proprietor of 4 fabulously wealthy mines--Hearst begun his occupation in his early twenties via revitalizing a rundown newspaper, the San Franciso Examiner. Hearst took what have been a comparatively sedate kind of speaking details and primarily created the fashionable tabloid, whole with outrageous headlines, human curiosity tales, megastar columnists, comedian strips, vast photograph insurance, and crusading zeal. His papers relatively bristled with existence. by way of 1910 he had outfitted a newspaper empire--eight papers and magazines learn through approximately 3 million humans. Hearst did a lot to create "yellow journalism"--with the emphasis on sensationalism and the reducing of journalistic criteria. yet Procter exhibits that Hearst's papers have been additionally demanding and cutting edge and strong: They uncovered corruption, recommended innovative reforms, strongly supported contemporary immigrants, grew to become a strength within the Democratic celebration, and helped ignite the Spanish-American conflict. Procter vividly depicts Hearst's personal political occupation from his 1902 election to Congress to his presidential crusade in 1904 and his sour defeats in New York's Mayoral and Gubernatorial races.
Written with a huge narrative sweep and in line with formerly unavailable letters and manuscripts, William Randoph Hearst illuminates the nature and period of the fellow who left an indelible mark on American journalism.

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During the first week a three-day carnival excited Willie and "tired" his mother. Hundreds of participants dressed in "strange," "handsome," or "very amusing" costumes paraded the streets, before a fireworks display capped off the events of the last evening. Then their extensive exploration began—St. Peter's four times, the Vatican six. On one of these occasions, February 7, Phebe proudly announced that they "were presented to the Pope" who "came to Willie ... " Of course, the Colosseum and Forum as well as numerous galleries with sculptures and paintings were also u n 28 musts.

He is a real little calf about me. He never wants anyone else to do anything for him, and I think I love him better than ever before. Some days I do very little but amuse him. He knows several of his letters and will soon learn them all. " On December 9: "He has improved very much.... He was very put out when his Papa came home because he could not sleep with me. " On March 29: "Last week I had some pictures of him taken... He looks like a little, old judge. I do wish you could hear him talk. You would laugh yourself almost sick.

But what really brought Hearst a high profile during the fall semester were his political activities, which shocked and at times even traumatized staid, tradition-bound Harvard. In the hotly contested, bitterly fought presidential campaign of 1884 he, like his father in California, became inoculated with politics, ardently supporting Democrat Graver Cleveland of New York over Republican James G. Blaine of Maine. Will Hearst 34 «A William Randolph Hearst, The Early Years therefore helped organize forty members of the Harvard student body for the Democrats and, with an extremely generous application of his fathers money, produced political extravaganzas that the Cambridge populace and Harvard faculty had never before experienced firsthand—brass bands, torchlight parades, flags and banners, wagonloads of beer for thirsty supporters who were entertained with partisan speakers and fireworks displays.

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