Item #1568 I Wanted Out! Elsie Robinson.
I Wanted Out!
I Wanted Out!
I Wanted Out!
I Wanted Out!
California Woman's Early 20th Century Rags-to-Riches Memoir

I Wanted Out!

New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, Publishers, (1934). First edition. Black and white photographic frontispiece portrait. Cloth over boards. Octavo.[vi], 299 pages. Very good. Bound in light brown cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in dark brown, with dark brown topstain. Slight fading to spine, minor extremity wear to binding. Prior owner name pencilled at top fore corner of front free endpaper.

Brilliant memoir by a woman who took herself from poverty, through many trials and adventures, to become the highest-paid newswoman in the Hearst Corporation in the 1920s.

Robinson was a native of California, married an older wealthy Eastern widower at a young age, moved to Vermont, had a son with health problems, and felt stifled in her loveless marriage. She turned to writing, moved back to California with her son, worked in a gold mine, and lived with another man who had a gold claim in the town of Hornitos. When her husband found out she was living with another man he cut her off and divorced her, leaving her and her son in extreme circumstances. At this point Robinson moved to San Francisco, where she struggled to feed herself and her son, but from this low point launched an incredibly successful syndicated writing career.

Robinson's full of wit and incredible candor. She must have been an incredible woman.


Item #1568

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