This is an epitaph, without excess of sentiment, an excellent
recording of the demise of an era. From the time of Joseph
Pulitzer's purchase of the World from financier Jay Gould, after
Pulitzer had created the outstanding crusading reputation of the
St. Louis Post Dispatch, until the mass mergings of deteriorating
papers by Frank A. Munsey, Park Row and "newspaper row" were
synonymous. The World soon became a thunderbolt among the
typographically staid papers of the time, challenging for
circulation Charles Anderson Dana's Sun which could boast of the
most superior staff on the Row. Similarly William Randolph Hearat's
Herald, with unlimited money, bold ideas, little integrity, which
created news and war where there were none, was bringing
irrevocably a new phase to journalism, which if it lacked
responsibility, was ample in excitement and talent. The most
notable names, genius and eccentric, among the Fourth Estate David
Graham Phillips, Stephen Crane, Richard Harding Davis, John
Cockerill, James Gordon Bennett, Charl?? Chaplin - are here
assessed and alternately praised or damned. Great editors,
reporters, stories, of the time before the surviving dailies moved
uptown and before the advent of the syndicate, are viewed sometimes
with nostalgia, always in a lively and engaging fashion. (Kirkus
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