Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking

Author: 
Jessica Mitford

 A collection of Jessica Mitford's investigative reporting for a variety of magazines, with the back story on each assignment.

Book Excerpt: 
" . . . In the comment accompanying each piece or group of pieces, I have sought to convey sorting of the story-behind-the-story: how I stumbled onto the particular subject; the joys and sorrows of research; the lucky breaks and mistakes, things overlooked through sheer ineptitude for which one could kick oneself; difficulties of getting published; and in some cases the afterglow of satisfaction [how the Famous Writers went bankrupt] or the aftermath of dissatisfaction [see comment on "My Short and Happy Life as a Distinguished Professor."]. And, I would say there are two important omissions from Tomalin's otherwise excellent list of essential qualities: plodding determination, and an appetite for tracking and destroying the enemy." (Tomalin's list of the qualities for real success in journalism: ratlike cunning, a plausible manner, a little literary ability and the capacity to steal other people ideas and phrases.)
Year of Publication: 
Tue, 1957-01-01
Rights Information: 
Copyright, all rights reserved
Book Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus, Giroux