Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking (New York Review Books Classics)

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking (New York Review Books Classics)

Jessica Mitford


Jessica Mitford used to be a member of 1 of England’s so much mythical households (among her sisters have been the novelist Nancy Mitford and the present Duchess of Devonshire) and one of many nice muckraking newshounds of recent occasions. Leaving England for the US, she pursued a occupation as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly, publicizing not just the misdeeds of, so much famously, the funeral enterprise (The American means of Death, a bestseller) and the felony enterprise (Kind and ordinary Punishment), but in addition of writing colleges and weight reduction courses. Mitford’s diligence, unfailing skepticism, and acid pen made her one of many nice chroniclers of the mischief humans wake up to within the pursuit of revenue and the identify of good. Poison Penmanship collects seventeen of Mitford’s most interesting pieces—about every thing from crummy spas to network-TV censorship—and fills them out with the tale of ways she received the news and, no much less interesting, how the tale built after ebook. The publication is a pride to learn: few newshounds have ever been as humorous as Mitford, or as proficient at getting round in these darkish, cobwebbed corners the place sleek the United States models its glossy offers. It’s additionally an unequaled and helpful guide of the high-quality artwork of investigative reporting.

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