CHARLES FOURIER: SEIN LEBEN UND SEINE THEORIEN. VON A. BEBEL. Stuttgart: Verlag von J.L.W. Dietz, 1890. Text in German. Signed by Arthur Brisbane. Very Scarce.A very scarce book about Charles Fourier, the great French utopian socialist. This book is solid and complete and in excellent condition, and it has the owner signature of "Arthur Brisbane", the famous American writer who was the highest paid reporter in America in the 1920's, read by 20 million people every week. He was a distinguished editor and newspaper owner, the close friend of William Randolph Hearst. Arthur Brisbane was the son of Albert Brisbane, considered to be the first and foremost socialist in America, and the principal promoter of Fourier. This book comes from the collection of Brisbane's grand-daughter. Therefore this book is a significant association copy. Published more than 110 years ago, this book is now very scarce, and usually sells for $50 or more. This signed copy should be more valuable. Such a nice copy is not likely to come up for sale again soon on ebay.
According to wikipedia: " François Marie Charles Fourier (7 April 1772 – 10 October 1837) was a French utopian socialist and philosopher . Fourier is credited by modern scholars with having originated the word féminisme in 1837; [1 ] as early as 1808, he had argued, in the Theory of the Four Movements , that the extension of the liberty of women was the general principle of all social progress, though he disdained any attachment to a discourse of 'equal rights'. Fourier inspired the founding of the communist community called La Reunion near present-day Dallas , Texas as well as several other communities within the United States of America , such as the North American Phalanx in New Jersey and Community Place and five others in New York State..."
Also according to wikipedia: " Arthur Brisbane (December 12, 1864 – December 25, 1936) was one of the best known American newspaper editors of the 20th century. Born in Buffalo, N. Y. , he was educated in the United States and Europe . In 1882, he began work as a newspaper reporter and editor in New York City , first at the Sun and later Joseph Pulitzer 's New York World . Hired away from Pulitzer by William Randolph Hearst , became editor of the New York Journal and Hearst's close friend. His syndicated editorial column had an estimated daily readership of over 20 million, according to Time magazine. He remained occupied in journalism and the newspaper field until his death in 1936, but also was a successful real estate investor. He is buried in the Batavia Cemetery at Batavia, New York .At his death, Hearst said, "I know that Arthur Brisbane was the greatest journalist of his day," and Damon Runyon said "Journalism has lost its all-time No. 1 genius." ( Time: Death of Brisbane ). He was the son of Albert Brisbane .In 1897, he accepted the editorship of the Evening Journal , flagship of the Hearst chain, and through it gained influence unmatched by any editor in the United States . His direct and forceful style influenced the form of American editorial and news writing. The saying, "If you don't hit the reader between the eyes in your first sentence of your news column, there's no need to write any more," is attributed to him.Hearst biographer W.A. Swanberg ("Citizen Hearst," 1961, Galahad Books, N.Y.) describes Brisbane as "a one-time socialist who had drifted pleasantly into the profit system... in some respects a vest-pocket Hearst -- a personal enigma, a workhorse, a madman for circulation, a liberal who had grown conservative, an investor." (pp. 390–391)While an employee of Hearst—at one point boasting of making $260,000 in a year (Swanberg, p 427) -- Brisbane also was known for buying failing newspapers, re-organizing them, and selling them to Hearst. In 1918, he became editor of the Chicago Herald and Examiner , and in the 1920s became editor of Hearst's first tabloid, the New York Mirror. He remained pa...
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