Excerpt from The Career and Reminiscences of an Amateur Journalist, and a History of Amateur Journalism
The author of this work may be accused of a lack of modesty, in his attempt at re lating his experience as an Amateur Journa list, and it may be claimed that what he has to say, does notjustify the perpetuation of print. Especially may this view find favor among those readers of this book, who have heretofore been unacquainted with and ig norant ot the existence and aims of Amateur Journalism. Among readers of this class. And particularly when past the first blush of youth, such a criticism can but be ex pected. However the task which the author and printer placed on his shoulders, of which this little volume is the result, was not for their benefit, and he respectfully submits that their criticisms can not be intelligent and understanding, upon a subject, which they, themselves, can not claim to he versed in.the Career and Reminiscences of an Amateur Journalist has been written and published for several reasons. First, to present the claims of Amateur Journalism as an Educational Institution and School for Professional Journalism, both of which hon orable titles have been given it by men high in the esteem of the Nation and the World. Secondly, in the hope that the reading of these pages will inﬂuence youths, who have a taste for literature, to engage in Amateur Journalism and become, themselves, of the Mimic Press. Thirdly, to present to the Amateur Fraternity in these pages, a much more complete History of Amateur Journal ism than has ever yet been undertaken or oublished. Fourthly, to give Amateur Jour nalism one representative, at least, in the book world, for although its papers have reached professional size and excellence, its books have almost invariably been unworthy the name; no representatives of Amateurdom can find place upon the book-shelves of the bibliomaniac, were he to search the world over, and this little volume, small as it is, is twice as large as the most ambitious book ever issued by an amateur journalist, and that volume was a Directory As a literarv attempt, this book is over three times larger than any similar pamphlet ever issued fromthe amateur press. And then, if the plans of the author are successful, and he is able to complete his memoirs in another volume, somewhat larger than this one, the two, bound as one book, will grace any library in the country, as far as their size is concerned, and proudly find many professional works that will be much smaller than this repre sentative of Amateur Journalism.
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