The First Lady of Fleet Street

The First Lady of Fleet Street

The Life of Rachel Beer : Crusading Heiress and Newspaper Pioneer

Book - 2011
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A panoramic portrait of a remarkable woman and the tumultuous Victorian era on which she made her mark, this book chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of Rachel Beer--indomitable heiress, social crusader, and newspaper pioneer. Rich with period detail and drawing on a wealth of original material, this never-before-told story recounts the ascent of two of London's most prominent Jewish immigrant families--the Sassoons and the Beers. Born into one, Rachel married into the other, wedding newspaper proprietor Frederick Beer, the sole heir to his father's enormous fortune. Though she and Frederick became leading London socialites, Rachel was ambitious and unwilling to settle for an idle life. She used her husband's platform to assume the editorship of not one but two venerable Sunday newspapers--the Sunday Times and The Observer--a stunning accomplishment at a time when women were denied the vote and allowed little access to education. Rachel Beer remains a pivotal figure in the annals of journalism--and the long march toward equality between the sexes.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780553807431
Branch Call Number: 070.5092 BEER NEGEV
Characteristics: x, 349 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Koren, Yehuda


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May 03, 2013

I just happened to see this book on the shelves in Vanier and it intrigued me because I had no idea that a woman in the 19th century had been editor of a newspaper. Rachel Beer, who was born into the rich Sassoon family (no relation to Vidal, however), married Frederick Beer and together, they owned, ran and edited two newspapers in England : the Sunday Times and the Observer. Rachel eventually knew some success, especially because of the encouragement of her husband, but she still had to fight her way into a very male-oriented world. Unfortunately, Rachel spent the last 20 years of her life mourning for her loving husband. An very interesting read.


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