Joseph Pulitzer, His Life & Letters

Joseph Pulitzer, His Life & Letters

Joseph Pulitzer, His Life & Letters

Joseph Pulitzer, His Life & Letters

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Some material for this volume was collected by the late George W. Hosmer, M.D., long Mr. Pulitzer's companion and physician, to whom was given an intimacy denied all others. In 1909, after twenty years of constant relationship, Dr. Hosmer, having passed his eightieth year, retired from active duty, took up his residence at Summit, N. J., and there began the work of writing a biography. He broke the news of his purpose to his subject in the autumn of 1910, apprising him of the fact that he had already compiled some twenty-five thousand words. This evoked the following characteristic reply:

VILLA CYNTHIA Cap-Martin, Cabbe-Roquebrune FRANCE (A.M.) November 23, 1910

DEAR DOCTOR:

Just read your letter and nearly fainted when I came to the "25,000 words and still at it"!!! Why, you will beat Moneypenny. Hope you get the book (Disraeli's Life) and also Lord Acton's Essays on the French Revolution, likewise, Lord Rosebery's "Chatham." Don't fail to read Acton. It is really a wonderful work, so ought to give you a great deal of pleasure.

But returning to the 25,000 words, I wish you could write 2500 words of synopsis, or epitome, or summary, summing up as to what it is and as to what it is to conclude with.

Now for God's sake don't do this unless it gives . . .

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