Ernest Poole (1605 words)


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Ernest Cook Poole (1880-1950), journalist and fiction writer, is best known as the author of The Harbor, an acclaimed socialist novel of 1915 that profoundly influenced the generation of political radicals and progressives that came of age during the first World War. The Harbor, an important but largely forgotten landmark in American literary history, describes the political conversion of a middle-class young man to active sympathy with the labor movement. After The Harbor made Poole famous, his literary reputation reached its peak when his next novel, His Family, won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1917.

Largely because his emergence as a writer was closely tied to the …

Citation: Chura, Patrick. "Ernest Poole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2009 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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