As anyone who has read his legendary WWII reporting knows, Ernie Pyle had an uncanny ability to connect with his readers, seeking out stories about the common people with whom he felt a special bond. A master of word painting, Pyle honed the skills that would win him a 1944 Pulitzer Prize for his battlefront reporting by traveling across America, writing columns about the people and places he encountered. At Home with Ernie Pyle celebrates Pyle's Indiana roots, gathering for the first time his writings about the state and its people. These stories preserve a vivid cultural memory of his time. In them, we discover the Ernie Pyle who was able to find a piece of home wherever he wandered. By focusing on his family and the lives of people in and from the Hoosier state, Pyle was able to create a multifaceted picture of the state as it slowly transformed from a mostly rural, agrarian society to a modern, industrial one. Here is the record of a special time and place created by a master craftsman, whose work remains vividly alive three quarters of a century later.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 717 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
The book provides new glimpses into Pyle's soul. * Journalism History *
The legendary Hoosier journalist reveals, with touching candor and haunting prose, a deep spiritual connection to his state of birth-and the people who raised him there. * Indianapolis Monthly *
The stories in this book will be of particular interest to anybody who is-or would like to become-familiar with the work of the legendary Ernie Pyle. * Indiana Magazine of History *
Johnson has compiled Pyle's Indiana-centric columns. The writing holds up well. It's simple and clear. By now the pieces are of historic interest, too. * Indianapolis Star *
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