By Thomas Vinciguerra
“Exuberant . . . elegantly conjures an evocative team dynamic.” ―Sam Roberts, New York Times
From its beginning in 1925 to the early days of the chilly struggle, The New Yorker slowly yet without doubt took carry because the country’s so much prestigious, interesting, and informative general-interest periodical. In Cast of Characters, Thomas Vinciguerra paints a portrait of the magazine’s cadre of fascinating, wisecracking, pushed, afflicted, magnificent writers and editors.
He introduces us to Wolcott Gibbs, theater critic, all-around wit, and writer of an notorious 1936 parody of Time journal. We meet the challenging and kooky founding editor Harold Ross, who would typically inform his underlings, "I'm firing you since you aren't a genius," and who as soon as mailed a couple of his lingerie to Walter Winchell, who had accused him of who prefer to head bare-bottomed lower than his slacks. becoming a member of the forged are the mercurial, blind James Thurber, a super cartoonist and wildly artistic fabulist, and the enigmatic E. B. White―an incomparable prose stylist and Ross's favourite son―who married The New Yorker's ambitious fiction editor, Katharine Angell. Then there's the speeding St. Clair McKelway, who was once married 5 instances and claimed to don't have any fewer than twelve personalities, yet used to be still a very good reporter and handling editor alike. a lot of those characters grew to become legends of their personal correct, yet Vinciguerra additionally indicates how, as a bunch, The New Yorker’s internal circle introduced forth a profound transformation in how lifestyles used to be perceived, interpreted, written approximately, and released in America.
Cast of Characters could be the such a lot revealing―and entertaining―book but concerning the exact personalities who outfitted what Ross known as no longer yet a "movement."
eight pages of illustrations