David Graham Phillips

David Graham Phillips, 1867–1911, American writer, b. Madison, Ind., grad. College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1887. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Cincinnati and New York City, rising to editorial rank on the New York World, for which he wrote until 1902. Phillips became noted as a muckraker and was famous as the author of a series of sensational articles exposing corruption in the U.S. Senate that appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine (1906). He also wrote articles for the Saturday Evening Post and other journals of the period. Phillips's novels, powerful although often crude, deal with corruptive influences in society and general social problems, such as the status of women. Among them are The Great God Success (1901), The Conflict (1911), and Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1917). Phillips was murdered by a young musician who accused him of having cast literary slurs on his family.

See study by A. C. Ravitz (1966); I. F. Marcosson, David Graham Phillips and His Times (1932).

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David Graham Phillips: Selected full-text books and articles

The Treason of the Senate By David Graham Phillips Monthly Review Press, 1953
FREE! The Price She Paid: A Novel By David Graham Phillips Grosset and Dunlap, 1912
FREE! The Grain of Dust: A Novel By David Graham Phillips; A. B. Wenzell D. Appleton and Company, 1912
The Cost By David Graham Phillips; Harrison Fisher Scholarly Press, 1974
The Dream of Success: A Study of the Modern American Imagination By Kenneth S. Lynn Little, Brown, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "David Graham Phillips: The Dream Panderer"
Girls Who Went Wrong: Prostitutes in American Fiction, 1885-1917 By Laura Hapke Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "David Graham Phillips and the American Heroine"
Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions By Robert Miraldi Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "David Graham Phillips -- A Born Reporter" begins on p. 23
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors By Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "David Graham Phillips 1867-1911" begins on p. 521
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