About Town: The New Yorker and the World it Made

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 478 pages
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For more than seven decades, The New Yorker has been the embodiment of urban sophistication and literary accomplishment, the magazine where the best work of virtually every prose giant of the century first appeared. With all the authority and elegance such a subject demands, Yagoda tells the fascinating story of the tiny journal that grew into a literary enterprise of epic proportions. Incorporating interviews with more than fifty former and current New Yorker writers, including the late Joseph Mitchell, Roger Angell, Pauline Kael, Calvin Trillin, and Ann Beattie, Yagoda is also the first author to make extensive use of The New Yorker's archives. About Town penetrates the inner workings of The New Yorker as no other book has done, opening a window on a lost age.
 

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User Review  - NellieMc - LibraryThing

Fascinating book of one of the few magazines that's still around from my childhood. Yagoda did a great deal of research and certainly captures the magazine at least during the 20th century. It is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - labwriter - LibraryThing

I love this book. Yagoda says he was literally the first person in line to see the recently opened New Yorker archives, so he had access to information that no one before him was able to use. This is ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
METROPOLITAN LIFE
25
HARD QUESTIONS
41
FOUR
103
SOPHISTICATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
167
SEVEN
343
LOVE IS THE ESSENTIAL WORD
365
EPILOGUE
417
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
427
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED
450
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Ben Yagoda is a regular columnist for Philadelphia Magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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