NEW YORK— The Washington Post named James McGrath Morris’ The Rose Man of Sing Sing, published by Fordham University Press, one of the best books of 2004. It was one of 86 non-fiction titles listed.

Morris’ book chronicles the life of early 20th-century newspaper editor Charles Chaplin, a founding father of the 24-hour news cycle. Chaplin’s legendary career came to an abrupt end when he killed his wife in 1918 and was sentenced to life in Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. Morris is a former journalist and author of Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars (Transaction Publishers, 2001).

Fordham University Press, a member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) since 1938, was established in 1907 to uphold the values and traditions of the University through the dissemination of scholarly research and ideas. The press publishes primarily in the humanities and the social sciences, with an emphasis on the fields of philosophy, theology, history, classics, communications economics, sociology, business, political science, law, as well as literature and fine arts. Additionally, the press publishes books focusing on the metropolitan New York region.