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The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism

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Today, seventy-three years after his death, journalists still tell tales of Charles E. Chapin. As city editor of Pulitzer's New York Evening World, Chapin was the model of the take-no-prisoners newsroom tyrant: he drove reporters relentlessly-and kept his paper in the center ring of the circus of big-city journalism. From the Harry K. Thaw trial to the sinking of the Titan ...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Fordham University Press (first published September 12th 2003)
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Andrew
May 31, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Great book. Provides a great snapshot of life in America during the latter portion of the 1800's and the early 1900's. The story follows the story of Charles Chapin who rises from poverty to become one of America's most powerful editors--working for Joseph Pulitzer's New York Evening World. At his zenith, Chapin murders his wife in what he characterized as mercy killing to hide from her their ruinous debt. He claimed that he planned to kill himself also, but for reasons that he never adequately ...more
Doris Jean
Jan 13, 2014 Doris Jean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thoughtful readers and all connected to the media
I enjoyed it. I learned about the media and the history of journalism. The book explained to me what "yellow journalism" really means, who Yellow Kid Weil was, the Pulitzer editors, Hearst, how the newspapers reported on the sinking of the Titanic, and then - after a successful lifetime career as a top newspaper editor in New York City - how this elderly editor coped with his new status as a "lifer" in Sing Sing prison.
He murdered his wife at about age 60, and the reasons remain a mystery. Why
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Jo Anne
Dec 11, 2014 Jo Anne rated it it was ok
I think people who have an affinity for journalism, or learning about yellow journalism may be interested. One of the reviewers of this book said "Reminds me in a way of "Devil and the White City" in its ability to covey history in a way that reads like a novel." I heartily disagree. White City moved like a novel, this does not! Way too many words used to describe everything and nothing. There was so little mentioned about his wife that he killed, it was difficult for me to think anything, but H ...more
Ariel
Sep 13, 2014 Ariel rated it it was ok
Shelves: winter-14-15
I thought I would love this book- turn of the century, yellow journalism, roses at Sing Sing, what's not to love? Well, the whole book actually. It plodded though Chapin's life chapter by chapter with very little narrative arc and a lot of repetition. I didn't feel like I got a good feeling of the time or really of the person being described. Some fun bits about journalism, but I really had to push myself through at the end.
Kai Palchikoff
Nov 12, 2016 Kai Palchikoff marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Beat reporters, evolution of US journalism
Pam
Apr 07, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it
Well researched book and interesting subject. But, I was most interested in the gardening at Sing Sings and 2/3 of the book were details of his life before prison. Difficult to please all audiences!
Jim
Oct 11, 2007 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, crime
An interesting account of the incarceration of editor Charles Chapin, who killed his wife and made a name for himself as a gardener at Sing Sing.
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