William Allen White


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(1868–1944), born in Kansas, purchased the Emporia Gazette (1895) and became a famous independent editor following publication of his editorial What's the Matter with Kansas? (Aug. 15, 1896), a conservative attack on the Populists, indirectly aiding McKinley's election. White was prominent in the Bull Moose party and became a leader of the Republican party. His Gazette editorials are collected in The Editor and His People (1924) and Forty Years on Main Street (1937). His many books expressing his social and political views include The Real Issue and Other Stories (1896); The Court of Boyville (1899); Stratagems and Spoils (1901); In Our Town (1906); A Certain Rich Man (1909), a novel about a corrupt small-town Kansas banker in the post-Civil War era whose conscience finally leads him to decency in finance and politics; The Old Order Changeth (1910); God's Puppets (1916); In the Heart of a Fool (1918); Masks in a Pageant (1928); A Puritan in Babylon: The Story of Calvin Coolidge (1938); and The Changing West (1939). His Autobiography (1946, Pulitzer Prize) and Selected Letters (1947) were published posthumously.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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