Potterism: A Tragi-Farcical Tract
Author: Macaulay, Rose
Publisher: Handheld Classics
Back in print for the first time in seventy years is award-winning novelist Rose Macaulay's Potterism, a satire on British journalism through the lens of both the owners and employees of a popular newspaper empire.
When Jane and Johnny Potter are at Oxford they learn to despise their father's popular newspapers, though they still end up working for the family business. But Jane is ambitious and wants more than society will let her have.
Mrs. Potter is a well-known romantic novelist, whose cheap novelettes appear in the shop-girls' magazines. She has become unable to distinguish fact from fiction, and her success gives her an unhealthy estimation of her own influence. When she visits a medium to try to find the truth about the murder of her son-in-law, she wreaks terrible damage.
Arthur Gideon works for Mr. Potter as an editor. He respects his employer's honesty while he despises the populist newspapers he has to produce. His turbulent campaigning spirit, and his furious resistance to anti-Semitic attacks, make him unpopular, and becomes an unwitting target of malice.
With an introduction is by Sarah Lonsdale, Potterism is about the Potter newspaper empire, and the ways in which journalists struggled to balance the truth and what would sell, during the First World War and into the 1920s.