Saturday, January 23, 2016

New and Novel from The New Yorker

We are fascinated by the New Yorker magazine and its writers - so many famous wordsmiths have written articles and stories for the periodical since its first issue published in 1925. Even in the beginning, it was linked to the famous literary lights of the Algonquin Round Table, which counted magazine editor Harold Ross, critic Alexander Woollcott, and contributor Dorothy Parker amongst its members.

Though the magazine has more features by male authors ([i]n 2013, women still made up less than a third of the magazine’s bylines, according to the annual count by VIDA), we are most fascinated by the female writers who have contributed to is fame - to name but a few, Maeve Brennan, "the Long-Winded Lady" in the magazine's "Talk of the Town" section; Lois Long, a flapper who wrote about the nightlife under the pen name "Lipstick" and who was recently featured in the book Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern; and Janet Flanner, the New Yorker's Paris correspondent, whose columns were signed "Genêt".

And those are only the writers! There are many books available about the cartoons from the New Yorker. Charles Addams' kooky and ooky Addams Family got their start in the pages of the magazine; James Thurber both drew cartoons and wrote short stories; more recently, the magazine has hosted the work of  Jules Feiffer and Roz Chast, among others.

Here is a list of some new (and one old but novel) items from the library catalog that are New Yorker magazine-related. You can find more related items with a search of "New Yorker magazine".

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