Listen,
World!
The first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of
Listen, World! is the rarest of things — a lively piece of unknown history, a marvelous story of a woman's triumph, and a tremendous read.
— Susan Orlean

At thirty-five, Elsie Robinson feared she’d lost it all. Reeling from a scandalous divorce in 1917, she had no means to support herself and her chronically ill son. She dreamed of becoming a writer and was willing to sacrifice everything for this goal, even swinging a pickax in a gold mine to pay the bills.

When the mine shut down, she moved to the Bay Area. Armed with moxie and samples of her work, she barged into the offices of the Oakland Tribune and was hired on the spot. She went on to become the most widely read female columnist of her day and reached double the number of current subscribers to the New York Times. She was also one of the first and only columnists in the country to draw her own blistering editorial cartoons to accompany her writing.

Told in cinematic detail, Listen, World! is the inspiring story of a timeless maverick, capturing what it means to take a gamble on self-fulfillment and find freedom along the way.

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Listen, World! is the rarest of things — a lively piece of unknown history, a marvelous story of a woman's triumph, and a tremendous read.
Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, On Animals, and The Library Book
Like Elsie herself, Listen, World! is broadminded, sharp-witted, fast-paced, and funny. I loved every word of it.
Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age
A riveting story about a woman who had nerve.
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times and author of Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
Listen, World! is an important read particularly as we work to bolster women's overlooked place in history.
Lisa Napoli, author of Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR
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