William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byBen ProcterAs told byBen Proctor

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William Randolph Hearst was one of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, a man who changed the face of American journalism and whose influence extends to the present day. Now, in William Randolph Hearst, Ben Procter gives us the most authoritative account ofHearst's extraordinary career in newspapers and politics. Born to great wealth--his father was a partial owner of four fabulously rich mines--Hearst began his career in his early twenties by revitalizing a rundown newspaper, the San Franciso Examiner. Hearst took what had been a relatively sedate form of communicating information and essentially createdthe modern tabloid, complete with outrageous headlines, human interest stories, star columnists, comic strips, wide photo coverage, and crusading zeal. His papers fairly bristled with life. By 1910 he had built a newspaper empire--eight papers and two magazines read by nearly three million people.Hearst did much to create "yellow journalism"--with the emphasis on sensationalism and the lowering of journalistic standards. But Procter shows that Hearst's papers were also challenging and innovative and powerful: They exposed corruption, advocated progressive reforms, strongly supported recentimmigrants, became a force in the Democratic Party, and helped ignite the Spanish-American War. Procter vividly depicts Hearst's own political career from his 1902 election to Congress to his presidential campaign in 1904 and his bitter defeats in New York's Mayoral and Gubernatorial races. Written with a broad narrative sweep and based on previously unavailable letters and manuscripts, William Randoph Hearst illuminates the character and era of the man who left an indelible mark on American journalism.

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One of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, William Randolph Hearst was the inspiration behind the character whom Orson Welles portrayed in"Citizen Kane". This authoritative account of Hearst's extraordinary career in newspaper and politics provides a fascinating reassessment of the man who changed th...

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William Randolph Hearst was one of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, a man who changed the face of American journalism and whose influence extends to the present day. Now, in William Randolph Hearst, Ben Procter gives us the most authoritative account ofHearst's extraordinary career in newspapers a...

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William Randolph Hearst was one of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, a man who changed the face of American journalism and whose influence extends to the present day. Now, in William Randolph Hearst, The Early years, 1863-1910, Ben Procter gives us the most authoritative account of Hearst's career ...

Ben Procter is Professor of History at Texas Christian University and the author of Not Without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan, Battle of the Alamo, and Just One Riot. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.18 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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One of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, William Randolph Hearst was the inspiration behind the character whom Orson Welles portrayed in"Citizen Kane". This authoritative account of Hearst's extraordinary career in newspaper and politics provides a fascinating reassessment of the man who changed the face of American journalism. 20 halftones

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"Previous biographers have given short shrift to Hearst's stormy academic career, his unexpected entry into the newspaper business and the thought behind his new syle of tabloid journalism. Proctor, a skillful researcher, has written a work of historiography embedded in the biography. Over andover, he points out the factual and interpretive mistakes of previous Hearst biographers, including the legendary Swanberg.... Judging by this detail-packed, competently written volume, the follow-up ought to be worth waiting for."--Publisher's Weekly