Listen, World! is the first biography of American writer Elsie Robinson, a trailblazer who came from nothing to become the most-read woman columnist in the country
Elsie Robinson published at a breakneck pace: up to six days a week for more than 40 years, resulting in approximately 9,000 stories. At the height of her career, she had an audience of more than 20 million readers.
Robinson’s first columns would endure for generations, written by alternates. One column she wrote, “Cry on Geraldine’s Shoulder,” was published until 1961. The “Aunt Elsie” brand ran until 1970, 14 years after her death.
Beyond her stunning career writing “Listen, World!,” Robinson made history as one of the first and only columnists in the country (male or female) to draw her own editorial and political cartoons, a feat that is still rare today.
Read how co-author Allison Gilbert discovered Robinson’s story here.