Croswell Bowen: A Writer's Life, a Daughter's Portrait

Croswell Bowen: A Writer's Life, a Daughter's Portrait

by Betsy Connor Bowen

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Croswell Bowen: A WriterÆs Life, a DaughterÆs Portrait is the life story of a journalist who wrote his way through the major events of the mid-twentieth century.

While tracing the trajectory of Croswell BowenÆs (1905û71) personal life, his daughter, Betsy Connor Bowen, follows the path left by her father as he wrote about the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Great Depression, World War II, the McCarthy era, the presidency of John F. Kennedy, and the Vietnam War.

A riveting account of the life and times of an American journalist, Connor BowenÆs biography of Bowen is a daughterÆs quest to find her father through his work at the intersections of journalism, democracy, and liberalism.

BowenÆs life and work were shaped by his conviction that finding the right stories and telling them with the right words could create a better world. He wrote about criminals, poverty, illness, discrimination, and other matters of social injustice. While writing to advance causes he believed in and lending a voice to the less fortunate, he struggled to maintain his marriage and provide for his family. Although he made mistakes in both his professional and personal life, Bowen celebrates his ability, even in failure, to maintain bold moral integrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612345598
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

BETSY CONNOR BOWEN has worked as a community organizer, elementary school teacher, college instructor and assistant professor, securities analyst, journalist, and filmmaker. She is the author of a young adult novella, Spring Bear, and the editor of her father's World War II memoir, Back from Tobruk (Potomac Books, 2012).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Prologue xi

1 Skull and Bones, Paris, and the Crash of 1929 1

2 Several Reversals of Fortune, All in a Row 19

3 Greenwich Village Years 40

4 Bowen's New Deal 54

5 Bowen's Short War 75

6 The Long War on the Home Front 104

7 Ahab in Seersucker 155

8 The Fifties and Its Discontents 193

9 A Darkness That Would Not Lift 212

10 A Writer Attends to His Soul 228

Acknowledgments 251

A Note on Sources 253

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