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Alice Fahs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834961

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869031_fahs

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Introduction

Introduction

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Alice Fahs

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DOI:10.5149/9780807869031_fahs.3

This book begins with Margherita Arlina Hamm and her “Among the Newspaper Women,” the first newspaper column ever devoted to newspaper women as a group. Chronicling the work of women newspaper writers around the country, but especially in New York, Hamm conjured up a world of public sociability. “There were some four or five newspaper women met accidentally Thursday evening at a restaurant on Broadway,” she began her first column; “they all became confidential in a short while, as is the habit of newspaper women. Not confidential about their inner lives, but about their business I mean.” On the face of it this was a casual statement about a casual meeting of women in public, but it also deliberately laid claim to a public community of independent women in one of the most famous public spaces of New York.

Keywords:   Margherita Arlina Hamm, newspaper column, newspaper women, New York, public sociability

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