[Chicago: Herald-American, ca.1950].
20 pp. Printed in two columns. 8vo. Rare pamphlet outlining the A.A. program. Side-stapled self wrappers. Faint fold at center, minor wrinkling, very good or better Item #310944
A rare pamphlet from the early years of Alcoholics Anonymous, written by a midwest newspaper reporter and providing a detailed and positive overview of the program.The pamphlet prints in full a series of six articles written by Elgar Brown for the Chicago Herald-American which follow J. Buffington Nutmeg, a fictional alcoholic who has hit bottom and can't stop drinking even though he wants to, in his encounter with A.A. The pamphlet provides capsule summaries of the twelve steps, describes encounters with recovered alcoholics, discusses relapses, touts the successes of the program, explains the program's origins, etc. Brown, a staff writer for the Chicago Herald-American, wrote at least two other pieces for the paper touting the success of A.A., in 1945 and 1948, the former being a series of cartoons also illustrating Nutmeg's encounter with the program.
Reporting from the mainstream press on the successes of Alcoholics Anonymous was a key factor in the rapid growth of the program in its early years. This example is rare: we trace only a single copy, in the papers of A.A. co-founder Robert "Dr. Bob" Smith at Brown.
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