“Charlotte Curtis was one smart, tough, and sassy journalist. Marilyn Greenwald splendidly captures the life and times of a newspaper legend.”
David Schneiderman, Village Voice
“What can you say about a woman who was brilliant, unique, and never let her own success go to her head — a woman who died all too young at the tender age of fifty-eight and at the top of her game?”
For twenty-five years, Charlotte Curtis was a society/women's reporter and editor and an op-ed editor at the New York Times. As the first woman section editor at the Times, Curtis was a pioneering journalist and one of the first nationwide to change the nature and content of the women's pages from fluffy wedding announcements and recipes to the more newsy, issue-oriented stories that characterize them today. In this riveting biography, Marilyn Greenwald describes how a woman reporter from Columbus, Ohio, broke into the ranks of the male-dominated upper echelon at the New York Times. It documents what she did to succeed and what she had to sacrifice.
Charlotte Curtis paved the way for the journalists who followed her. A Woman of the Times offers a chronicle of her hard-won journey as she invents her own brand of feminism during the 1960s and 1970s. In the telling of this remarkable woman’s life is the story, as well, of a critical era in the nation’s social history.
Marilyn Greenwald, a former newspaper reporter, is a professor of journalism at Ohio University. She is the author of Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War, A Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism, and the Career of Charlotte Curtis (Ohio University Press, 1999), and The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate (Ohio University Press, 2004).
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