By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His task writing propaganda ended in an unintended occupation in journalism and an eventual Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his uncensored descriptions of Stalin s purges. The longest-serving American-born correspondent operating from in the Soviet Union, Stevens begun his journalism profession reporting at the Russo-Finnish struggle in 1939 and used to be the Christian technological know-how display screen s first guy within the box to hide combating in global warfare II. He said at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and amazing himself as a correspondent with the British military in North Africa. Drawing on Stevens s memoirs in addition to his articles and correspondence, Heckler sheds new mild on either the general public and the non-public Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and situations with a ability that reporters at the present time might good emulate.
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Extra info for An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945
He wrote as one trying to explain to his readers the unfolding revolution in one particular region and the impact that revolution had on both the common citizen of its country as well as the leadership and economic, social, and political structure. Along with his professional skill and ambition, Edmund Stevens also was a conflicted man: at times charming but ultimately self-centered; a distant, analytical journalist and yet a man who was remarkably sentimental with his own children; a husband with many dalliances around the world and yet one who proclaimed in florid prose absolute devotion to his Nina; one accustomed to monetary comfort and yet seemingly unable to save a penny for his own future.
Returning home exhausted and after supper going straight to bed. From chiseling metal parts, my hands were ruined by the tailings. Black dust got under my nails and would not come off even after hard scrubbing. I neglected my friends, and didn’t go to the movies or theatre. e. one of the best. With such a recommendation, I figured I would stand a chance of being sent to the college, to get a degree with a grant from the factory. I worked really hard, without lunches, and refused to smoke in the lavatory.
Hastily, I grabbed my coat and we went out. His visit to my apartment frightened me. During those times, visits from a foreigner could easily lead to one’s arrest. No one knew my address, even to this day I have no idea how he got it. Also, to this day, Ed has not forgiven me for keeping him waiting for an hour on a subzero windy day on Kusnetsky Most. 13 12. Nina Stevens, memoirs, 74. 13. , 74–75. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM The Early Years in Moscow Page 43 43 It is not possible to know exactly what Edmund Stevens wanted from Russia when he entered the country in 1934.
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945 by Cheryl Heckler