Except for late-nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century books and articles, little has been published about Field in general, even less in the area of journalism. Burt et al.
Karl E. Louis" by Harry R. Smith, in Colorado Quarterly ; "Melville K. Joseph," published by Saum in Missouri Historical Review Everyone agrees on the importance of his contributions, but almost nobody seems to write about him. The meager publications about Field prove the need for more Field scholarship. Saum with eagerness and enthusiasm. The promise in the subtitle of placing him within his time period and with contemporaries was especially appealing.
That he has published scholarly books before and that he has done his research on this one is obvious. That the University of Nebraska Press has a reputation for publishing important works is well known. That the book will have diverse appeal is another story.
The last three chapters, "Ball Games," "Theater," and "The Literary Arena" concern "diversions and entertainments" that interested Field. Saum shares with us the complexities and frustrations of nineteenth-century newspaper research as well as the almost overwhelming amount of Field material he has discovered and with which he had to familiarize himself. Those of us who have done such work understand the time-consuming, eye-straining, and demanding nature of such scholarship.
Field soon turned his attention to politics and often used what Saum terms "plaintive poetry.
Much of the literary material has stock characters and situations, and its rank in the genre of letters will be left to others. For some reason, Saum chose to devote chapter 2, "The Politics in Missouri," to the time Field spent in that state during the s, the years before he went to Denver, the topic of the discussion of chapter 1. Although this chapter offers some interesting biographical information about Field and his marriage, it, too, is crammed with names and events occurring in Missouri, most unknown except to people familiar with the history of politics in the South, especially Missouri.
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Eugene Field - Wikipedia
Field used whimsy, satire, and, at times, unadorned admiration to depict and encapsulate the energy of a young nation reinventing itself and its political ambitions in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. Foremost, Field was a political observer. During his lifetime politics saw more public awareness and involvement than at any other time in American history, and Field's great popularity derived mainly from his near-ceaseless commentary—arch, outlandish, comic, serious—on that arena of affairs.
Field also devoted many columns to entertainment and diversions, discussing the baseball "idiocy" that stormed Chicago and championing and criticizing authors and actors. Saum is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Washington.
Eugene Field & His Age
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Time Machine Tuesday: Eugene Field in Colorado
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