The 225th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 16, 2018 at 7pm at The New School, Room A404, 66 West 12th Street. Free and open to the public.

Robert Seidman on Joseph Pulitzer’s Pictures

Seidman will celebrate, in vivid and colorful detail, the staggering visual innovations of The World, Joseph Pulitzer’s NYC daily newspaper.  The Sunday World was the most profusely illustrated daily journal in U.S. history. Pulitzer understood the appeal of the visual in a way that few did.  After 1895, the illustrations were in color, then an impressive advance. His talk is based upon an essay he published in Art In America.

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, directed by Oren Rudavsky and co-written by Seidman and Rudavsky, is a feature-length documentary scheduled to air on the national PBS series “American Masters” in April 2019. The film unfolds the rags-to-riches story of an immigrant Hungarian whose contentious, wildly popular newspapers became a Gilded Age phenomena, able to present New York City and eventually the entire country with a boldly humane and progressive agenda. Even after becoming a multimillionaire, Pulitzer’s (1847-1911) beliefs remained fiercely egalitarian. In hundreds of editorials and articles he opposed miscreants large and small, from the misnamed “Trusts” to the local dairy farm that sold adulterated milk to children.

Robert J. Seidman is a novelist, Emmy-winning screenwriter and literary critic. Moments Captured was published in the U.S. by The Overlook Press in fall 2012 and in England by Duckworth Press in spring 2014.  The work is based loosely on the work and life of the pioneering 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge.  Seidman’s One Smart Indian, a novel about a Northern Cheyenne set in mid-nineteenth century America, was published by the Overlook Press in 1980.  It has never been out of print.

Seidman’s screenwriting credits include the Emmy-nominated A Life Apart:  Hasidism in America, a 90-minute documentary. He co-wroteMargaret Mead:  An Observer Observed, a 90-minute docu-drama about Mead’s life, intellectual contributions and the creation of her legend.Seidman also wrote In Our Time, the final program of a nine-part series ambitiously titled, Art of the Western World.  The hour film focuses on American and European art after World War II. Robert Seidman is co-writer of Waiting for Beckett, a documentary on the work and life of the Nobel Prize Winning author. Seidman wrote Wallace Stevens:  Man Made Out of Words, an hour documentary about Stevens’ poetry and life. The Stevens’ documentary appeared in the award-winning Voices and Visions series, thirteen films about American poets. Seidman was co-writer of Billy Strayhorn:  Lush Life. This film won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Documentary, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Emmy for Best Documentary, 2007.  We believe that Lush Life was the only film to win all three awards.

With Don Gifford, Robert Seidman is co-author of Ulysses Annotated:  An Annotation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, University of California Press, 1988. The annotation has never been out of print.  

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