David Graham Phillips was an American novelist and journalist of the muckraker tradition, who in the early 20th century worked to expose the corruption and abuses of power in politics, business, and various aspects of American life. Among the other famous muckrakers were Helen Hunt Jackson, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Lincoln Steffens.
Phillips became a newspaper reporter in Cincinnati with the Cincinnati Times-Star and then moved to New York city in 1890. His novel “The Second Generation” was published in 1907 and represents the classical example of the muckraker tradition. It is a critical look at issues surrounding inherited wealth.
Most of Phillips's novels employ journalistic techniques and explored a variety of social problems, so you have the great opportunity to get acquainted with one of his literary works. Enjoy the reading!