Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936

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Birth 1866-04-06
Death 1936-08-09

Biographical notes:

American journalist.

From the description of Letter, 1931 July 5, Carmel, Calif., to Perry Walton, Boston. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 184904650

American journalist & editor.

From the description of Papers of Lincoln Steffens [manuscript], ca. 1910. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647817346

Discussion of the corruption in the city at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the description of Pittsburgh: a city ashamed 1903 [manuscript] (Historical Society of W Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 317072434


From the description of Papers, 1863-1936. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122575446

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) was an American journalist - a leading writer among the "muckrakers" of early 20th century - as well as a lecturer, political philosopher, and reformer.

Steffens, the son of a wealthy businessman, was born in San Francisco, and grew up primarily in Sacramento, California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1889, and continued his studies in Europe afterwards.

Upon retuning to the United States in 1892, Steffens began working in the newspaper industry in New York City. in 1903, he became editor of McClure's Magazine, where he published a series of articles on corruption in American cities, later published as as a collection in the The Shame of Cities in 1904. This was followed by an investigation into state politicians in The Struggle for Self-Government in 1906.

Steffens continued in journalism until approximately 1910, when he became interested in the revolution in Mexico. He traveled to Mexico to report on the revolution, and later also traveled to Russia shortly after its revolution. In the 1920s, he moved to Europe, and began working on his autobiography, which was highly successful upon its publication in 1931.

Steffens died in Carmel, California, in 1936.

From the guide to the Lincoln Steffens Papers, 1863-1936., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )


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