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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ernest Cook Poole  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction

Born: 1880 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Poole lived in Chicago until 1902 when he moved to New York to write.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ernest Poole was a novelist, journalist and playwright. He graduated from Princeton University in 1902. After that, he worked as a journalist and campaigned for social reforms including an end to child labour. His first novel, The Voice of the Street, was published in 1906. On the outbreak of the First World War Poole worked as a war correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post. His novel about trade unions, The Harbour, was published in 1915. Two years later, his book, His Family, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1917, for The New Republic magazine he went to Russia to report on the Russian Revolution. After the war, Poole, Paul Kennaday, and Arthur Livingston founded an agency, the Foreign Press Service, that negotiated for foreign authors with English-language publishers.

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-- *Pulitzer Prize, ''His Family''