Ernest Poole Papers

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Ernest Poole papers
Creator: Poole, Ernest, 1880-1950
Call Number: A.P82
Dates: 1920-1921
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Typescript of Blind with manuscript corrections
Series II: Typescript of Beggar's Gold with manuscript corrections
Collection Overview
Title: Ernest Poole papers
Creator: Poole, Ernest, 1880-1950
Call Number: A.P82
Dates: 1920-1921
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Ernest Poole (1880-1950) was an American journalist, playwright, and novelist. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1880, and graduated from Princeton University in 1902. Experience in a New York City settlement house drew his attention to urban social conditions and he wrote articles on child labor and the prevalence of tuberculosis in the slums. In 1905 he traveled to Russia and his articles in Outlook on the conditions in that country further established his reputation as an investigative journalist. He also wrote plays and three were produced between 1910 and 1916.

Poole's most successful novel, The Harbor, was published in 1915. Set on the New York City waterfront, it warns of class warfare and advocates reforms to bring about a more equitable society. The book, which was favorably compared to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle as an important social novel, went through several editions and was translated into seven languages. Poole's subsequent novel, His Family, earned him in 1918 the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a work of fiction. During World War I he joined Woodrow Wilson's administration and in 1917 went to Russia on behalf of the Committee on Public Information to report on the Russian Revolution. Disillusioned by the political climate of post-war America, he wrote an angry autobiographical novel, Blind, which was published in 1920. Poole continued to write articles and novels, but he never again achieved great critical success. He died in Franconia, NH on January 10, 1950.

Scope and Content
The Ernest Poole Papers are comprised of two boxes containing typescripts with manuscript alterations and notes for Blind and Beggars' Gold (1921), a novel that explores the inherent power of individuals to deal with political and personal challenges.

Subject(s):
Manuscripts
Poole, Ernest, 1880-1950
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was the gift of Mrs. Ernest Poole, September 1950.Access
The Ernest Poole papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Ernest Poole papers, A.P82, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Typescript of Blind with manuscript corrections
Box 1, Folder 1-20Chapters 1-20
Series II: Typescript of Beggar's Gold with manuscript corrections
Box 2, Folder 1-5Chapters 1-5
Box 2, Folder 6Biographical information and criticism about Ernest Poole
Critical analysis of Blind and Beggars' Gold from the book, Ernest Poole, by Truman Frederick Keefer (NY: Twayne, 1966)



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