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Irwin, Will, 1873-1948



  • Existence: 1873 - 1948


Will Irwin, American journalist and author. Irwin was born September 14, 1873, in Oneida, New York. He received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1899. He worked for a number of years as a newspaper report at the San Francisco Wave, the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Sun, and then for a year as a writing editor at McClure's in 1906.

Irwin then spent a number of years as a free-lance journalist and fiction writer. In 1915 he went abroad as a war correspondent and covered World War I action for both British and American periodicals. Following several years of observing and reporting on the war, Irwin returned to the United States in 1920. He thereafter wrote numerous anti-war publications, among them his best-selling book The Next War (1921). His other books include Christ or Mars? (1923), Herbert Hoover: A Reminiscent Biography (1928), Propaganda and the News; or, What Makes You Think So? (1936), his autobiographical Making of a Reporter (1942), and The American Newspaper (1969).

Irwin died of cerebral occlusion, February 24, 1948, in Greenwich Village, New York.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Will Irwin and Inez Haynes Gillmore papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 603

The collection consists primarly of correspondence and diaries, as well as a small amount of writings, photographs, and clippings, documenting the life and work of Inez Haynes Irwin and Will Irwin.

Dates: 1887-1961, bulk 1904-1961

Sidney Edward Mezes papers

Call Number: MS 657

Correspondence of Sidney Mezes relating to his work with "The Inquiry" and the American Commission to Negotiate Peace in Paris at the end of World War I. Also included are a group of miscellaneous memoranda and notes.

Dates: 1918-1931, bulk 1918-1919