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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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Human Interest

Human Interest

(p.92) Chapter Three Human Interest
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Alice Fahs

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a witty, now-forgotten writer named Jessie Wood, who provided a spoof titled “The Newspaper Woman” for Life magazine. “In the vast advertising sheet which Americans—with their never-failing drollness”call a ‘newspaper,’ Wood began, “it is sometimes considered necessary that a few items of so-called human interest should occasionally occur.” On “every successful paper the spiciest of these items,” she continued, “are supplied by a lady of great daring and enterprise, whom for polite reasons, and in spite of appearances, we should prefer not to call an adventuress, but a newspaper woman.” Skewering the newspaper woman with a wicked wit, Wood called her “a woman of action, even more than” a “woman of words,” which was “saying a good deal.”

Keywords:   Jessie Wood, spoof, Newspaper Woman, advertising sheet, human interest

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