By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His activity writing propaganda resulted in an unintended profession in journalism and an eventual Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his uncensored descriptions of Stalin s purges. The longest-serving American-born correspondent operating from in the Soviet Union, Stevens begun his journalism occupation reporting at the Russo-Finnish struggle in 1939 and used to be the Christian technological know-how computer screen s first guy within the box to hide scuffling with in global battle II. He pronounced at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and exclusive himself as a correspondent with the British military in North Africa. Drawing on Stevens s memoirs in addition to his articles and correspondence, Heckler sheds new gentle on either the general public and the personal Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that reporters this day may good emulate.
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One day he entered the room to find her rifling through his address book: Nastia had come to work for us back in 1946 as an apple-cheeked peasant girl fresh from the village. After one year, during which my wife trained her as a tolerable housemaid, she left to marry a policeman. We next heard from her last spring, when she called up and asked for her job back. Since nobody wanted to work for Americans and servants were hard to get, my wife agreed to take her on. With that address book incident, we realized that Nastia, no longer the apple-cheeked peasant girl, had been assigned to us.
I fumbled for a letter from Earl Browder, then head of the American Communist Party, sewn inside the lining of my jacket. The publishing house was in the old city. It was only a short walk from the Metropol. The old city was known as “Kitaigorod” (Chinatown). It was here that the shops of tradesmen and artisans were once located, just off Red Square. Lodged in a former convent, the offices and hallways of the publishing house felt and smelt as if they had never been properly cleaned and aired since the revolution.
To understand Stevens’s place in journalism, one must also note the rise of interpretive reporting during this period— which Emery describes as “the most important development of the 1930s and 1940s” in the American press43 that happened, in large measure, because of the socioeconomic revolution of FDR’s New Deal combined with increasingly scientific technology and greater complexity of interdependence among economic groups. In other words, as daily life and social institutions became more complex, newsrooms placed greater value on the “why” of an unfolding event, and reporters became more specialized in their abilities to explain medicine, science, or economic and political developments.
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945 by Cheryl Heckler