First Edition. Novel and "picture of the social climber in American womanhood, the undertaker's daughter in Passaic who climbs through Brooklyn's church workers and New York's charity and East Side into English society and European chateau life. The most cold blooded and accurate presentation of a certain type of money making, hard working, commercial man. It is doubtful if there has, in many years, been a more terrible arraignment of the financier put into print". Philips is known for producing one of the most important investigations exposing details of the corruption of the Senate by big businesses, in particular, by the Standard Oil Company. He was among a few other writers during that time that helped prompt President Theodore Roosevelt to use the term Muckraker. Phillips' reputation cost him his life in January 1911, when he was shot outside the Princeton Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. The killer was a Harvard-educated musician named Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough, a violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who came from a prominent Maryland family. Goldsborough believed that Phillips' novel The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig had cast literary aspersions on his family. When confronting Phillips, Goldsborough yelled, "Here you go!" After Phillips collapsed, he yelled, "And here I go!", shooting himself in the head. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket.