The World at Home: Selections from the Writings of Anne O'Hare McCormick

The World at Home: Selections from the Writings of Anne O'Hare McCormick

The World at Home: Selections from the Writings of Anne O'Hare McCormick

The World at Home: Selections from the Writings of Anne O'Hare McCormick

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Anne O'Hare McCormick was a great reporter in a very special sense. She had vitality, curiosity, intelligence, courage, and all the other qualities a good reporter must have, but she had something more that gave to her reporting the dimension of wisdom and prophecy. This was a rare gift of sympathy for all sorts of people, a sense of the relationships between the event of the day and the history and aspirations of her country, and, above all, a religious conviction which enabled her to see things in the ultimate perspective of life itself.

In other days and on other newspapers these qualities might not have been used to their full capacity, but Anne McCormick worked on a great paper in a time of great news. She literally made a place for herself on The New York Times by asking in 1921 to submit articles to editors she did not know, and she wrote for The Times from then until her death on May 29,1954.

This was a period of vast convulsions at home and abroad. Just as the slower Victorian age was the era of the novelist, so this later period of wars and depressions, of dying and rising empires, of new and old ideas in conflict, of rogues, statesmen, demagogues, and dictators, was the era of the journalist.

This era demanded wider and deeper coverage of the news. For a nation and world in transition, there was not only more to be reported but much more to be explained, and Anne McCormick, endlessly fascinated by the interplay of the news on human values, human character, and human institutions, ranged across the world asking questions and reporting her facts and observations with unusual sensitivity.

Anne O'Hare McCormick was full of mirth and spunk. This . . .

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