THE GAUDY CENTURY by John Bruce

THE GAUDY CENTURY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

100 years of San Francisco's robust journalism- this parallels the main events, issues and scandals of an excitable era, in brisk and bracing record. The mid-century featured the gold rush, vigilante law, careless crime, and saw the birth of the first newspaper, the Californian. Then came choleric James King of William, who was shot down, and his Evening Bulletin; and the start of the Chronicle in 1865, as a theatre handout; of the Post by the radical Henry George; the advent of Hearst; the famous figure of Greeley, briefly following his own advice; of the ""bitter bitter Bierce"", the almost legendary Fremont Older and his crusade for Tom Mooney -- rough and tumble journalism, violent politics, and notorious as well as eccentric characters...The interests are historical and regional as well as journalistic. An important item in the centennary celebration.

Pub Date: Nov. 26th, 1948
Publisher: Random House