Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ernest Poole - NH Notable

NH Notables

Writer, Social Change Agent

Ernest Poole (1880 - 1950) was a U.S. novelist in the mode of Upton Sinclair.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on 23 Jan 1880, and graduated from Princeton University in 1902. He worked as a journalist and was active in promoting social reforms including the ending of child labor. During World War I he served as a correspondent in Europe.

His novel The Harbor has remained the work he is most well-known for. It presents a strong socialist message, set in the industrial Brooklyn waterfront. It is considered one of the first fictional works to offer a positive view of unions.

His portrait of a New York family titled His Family made him the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1918.

In 1917, for The New Republic magazine he went to Russia to report on the Russian Revolution.

He died in Franconia, NH on 10 Jan 1950.

Two of Poole's works, including his Pulitzer Prize winning novel "His Family" are available online from Project Gutenberg.

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