reviews Alice Fahs, Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Jean Marie Lutes, ed., Nellie Bly. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings. New York: Penguin, 2014. Mary Chapman While modern magazine scholarship has been aided by digitization projects such as the Modernist Journals Project, scholarship on the literary/print cultural significance of modern newspapers has lagged behind, mostly because the sheer volume of the material, even when digitized, is still overwhelming: scanned newspaper pages are often inaccurate, making searches flawed; bylines are rare; columnists' pseudonyms are unfamiliar. Literary scholars desiring to focus on authors--to develop narratives about their careers and discuss how journalism served as an apprenticeship for authorship or how popular literary genres informed the new journalistic style--have been frustrated by the demands of this archivally intensive work. Two recent books will make research on turn-of-the-century U.S. newspapers and women journalists much easier. Historian Alice Fahs's monograph Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space samples the works and themes of a broad range of U.S. women journalists from the 1880s until the 1920s, and literary scholar Jean
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