Egon Erwin Kisch, the Raging Reporter

Egon Erwin Kisch, the Raging Reporter: A Bio-Anthology (Hardback)

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Egon Erwin Kisch, the Raging Reporter
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Book Description

Egon Erwin Kisch (1885-1948) is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding journalists of the twentieth century. He is also credited with virtually defining reportage as a form of literary art in which accuracy of observation and fidelity to facts combine with creative narrative. Restless, doggedly inquisitive, fascinated with the unusual, deeply committed to decency and justice in human affairs, Kisch pursued a life of worldwide adventure and reporting. He visited North Africa, the Soviet Union, Central Asia, Australia, China, and the United States, where he traveled from one coast to the other as an ordinary seaman, made friends with Charlie Chaplin and Upton Sinclair, and commented with wit and irony on American life.

About the Editor(s):

HAROLD B. SEGEL is professor emeritus of Slavic literatures and of comparative literature at Columbia University. A native of Boston, he graduated from Boston Latin School in 1947, Boston College in 1951 with a degree in modern languages, and Harvard University with a Ph. D. in Slavic languages and literatures in 1955. He began his teaching career at the University of Florida in Gainesville in September 1955. In January 1959 he joined the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. At Columbia, he has held appointments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the School of General Studies. He was director of graduate studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1977-80; member, Council for Research in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1977-79; chairman of the Council, 1978-79; member, the Columbia University Senate, 1978-80, 1980-82; and director, Institute on East Central Europe, 1978-88. Professor Segel has held visiting professorships at Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stockholm University in Sweden. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees, The Kosciuszko Foundation, 1992-98; and a member of the Board of Directors, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, 1999 -. Professor Segel has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards. He was twice decorated in 1975 by the Polish government for contributions on behalf of Polish culture, first at the Ministry of Culture in Warsaw and again at the Polish Consulate in New York.