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Adams, Samuel Hopkins,

1871–1958, American author, b. Dunkirk, N.Y., grad. Hamilton College, 1891. He was a reporter for the New York Sun (1891–1900) and then joined McClure's Magazine, where he gained a reputation as a muckraker for his articles on the conditions of public health in the United States. Adams also wrote a series of articles for Collier's Weekly, in which he exposed patent medicines; these pieces were credited with influencing the passage of the first Pure Food and Drugs Act. Adams was a prolific writer, producing both fiction and nonfiction. His best-known novel, Revelry (1926), based on the scandals of the Harding administration, was later followed by Incredible Era (1939), a biography of Harding and his times. Among his other works are The Great American Fraud (1906), The Harvey Girls (1942), Grandfather Stories (1955), and Tenderloin (1959).
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Collier is a descendant of Peter Fenelon Collier, who in 1888 founded Collier's, a weekly magazine focused on investigative journalism and publishing stories from renowned journalists such as Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell and Samuel Hopkins Adams. One of the magazine's most famous investigative series was the "The Great American Fraud," which analyzed the contents of popular patent medicines and led to the first Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.
Writers discussed include Agatha Christie, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Gladys Mitchell, Josephine Tey, Frank Wilford, Gore Vidal, Beverly Nichols, Patricia Highsmith, and Joseph Hansen.
The thoroughly modern Moore was then cast in her breakout role as flapper Patricia Fentriss in "Flaming Youth" (1923), a film based on a then-scandalous book by Samuel Hopkins Adams.
In 1905, Samuel Hopkins Adams investigated the patent medicine industry for Collier's Weekly.
And then, wrote Samuel Hopkins Adams, veteran Harding-watcher: "The public which had held its breath over the dying president now held its nose over the rising stench of scandal."
As a young man, Joseph Pulitzer was convicted of shooting a lobbyist who had called him "a liar and a puppy." Turn-of-the-century muckraker Samuel Hopkins Adams went on to write the story on which Frank Capra based his 1934 Oscar winner, It Happened One Night.
Back in 1905, reporter Samuel Hopkins Adams wrote a famous series of stories in Colliers' magazine called "The Great American Fraud," which documented the deaths of hundreds of people from over-the-counter medicines that were peddled with promises to address "weak manhood," "lost vitality," or to give consumers "better blood." Patent medicines were widely available and promoted in the press with testimonials from people claiming to have achieved great results from these magic offerings.
Means' The Strange Death of President Harding (1930), and <IR> SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS'S </IR> Revelry (1926), The Incredible Era (1930), and The Life and Times of Warren G.
Tarbell 's History of the Standard Oil Company (1904), Lincoln Steffens 's Shame of the Cities (1904), and Samuel Hopkins Adams's The Great American Fraud (1906).
Clark's The Strength of the Hills (1926); Samuel Hopkins Adams' The Gorgeous Hussy (1934); Alfred Leland Crabb's Breakfast at the Hermitage (1945); Odell and Willard Shepard's Holdfast Gaines (1946); and Irving Stone's The President's Lady (1951).