Harold Ross was known as one of the best, if most obsessive, editors in the world. He founded The New Yorker, (“the book,” as he called it) and ran a tight ship as general editor of the publication from its inception until he died in 1951. When he got home, however, Mr. Ross liked to live loose.
The Hells Kitchen townhouse at 412 West 47th Street, which was for decades home to the storied editor, has just hit the market, and it has been attracting a slew of literary enthusiasts. “I’ve been impressed at just how some people are just riveted by the history,” Massey Knakal broker Chris Brodhead told The Observer.
“They don’t always have a lot of money,” he added.
Take it from one who knows: Cartoonists lead unexciting lives. Dreaming up gags is a solitary business, with none of the camaraderie enjoyed in collaborative work. No curtain calls. No ovations. And certainly not enough money to go jetting around with beautiful women. In short, cartoonists do not lead the kind of life that will Read More
General Forrest Harding’s house in Franklin, Ohio, is preserved as it was before his death in 1970, and it is a museum of disappointment. Musty evening wear fills the closet, a shrunken military tunic hangs from a stand. Hidden away in the drawers can be found pictures of successful generals Harding knew-his classmate “Georgie” Patton Read More
The Thurber Letters: The Wit, Wisdom and Surprising Life of James Thurber , edited by Harrison Kinney, with Rosemary A. Thurber. Simon & Schuster, 798 pages, $40.
Judging from his continuing and healthy presence in bookstores, James Thurber is alive and well, as funny and relevant to readers today as he was in the 1940′s Read More
The World Through a Monocle: ‘The New Yorker’ at Midcentury , by Mary F. Corey. Harvard University Press, 251 pages, $25.95.
Anyone involved in creating or canonizing The New Yorker of the 40′s and 50′s will hate Mary Corey’s The World Through a Monocle: ‘The New Yorker’ at Midcentury . That’s my guess. But I Read More
Love stories are never simple. Even for the most conventional couples, there are at least three versions of the story: his, hers and theirs. In the case of William Shawn, the late editor of The New Yorker who was married for 64 years to the former Cecille Lyon, there turns out to have been not Read More