About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made

About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made

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, the late Pauline Kael, Calvin Trillin, and Ann Beattie, Yagoda is 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.

Title:About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780306810237
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  • Mike

    It was a funny thing with this book. I read the first 100 pages or so and enjoyed most of it quite a bit, but then I suddenly started getting tired of some of the minutia about the intra-editor corres...

  • Liz

    Interesting book about The New Yorker through the decades (from its inception in 1925 through 1999). It made me want to read some of the articles that Ben Yagoda talked about and excerpted in this boo...

  • Sevelyn

    Though not named as such, this is basically the history of The New Yorker magazine, official or otherwise. Comprehensive and readable, it covers the heyday of the magazine and sweeps through its trans...

  • Kris

    I'll be honest, I didn't read past the first chapter. Being a big fan of James Thurber, Garrison Keillor, and Calvin Trillin (and the New Yorker itself), I thought it would be interesting to read abou...

  • RuthAnn

    Would recommend: Yes, but only to someone who is really interestedI know, could I be any more wishy-washy? I think someone who is very invested in the history of The New Yorker would enjoy this book; ...

  • Maurynne  Maxwell

    Far better than the Flannery bio, I think because of the author's emotional connection to the subject. It has inspired me to start re-reading White's essays and some Thurber. I read all that stuff, an...

  • Glynn

    I've read about the New Yorker before, but this book astounded me in its detail. In an even-handed approach, the author let documentation (what memos!) and conversations with writers speak for themsel...

  • Samantha

    3.5 stars. I haven't read any other New Yorker history books, so I can't compare this one to any of them. It was interesting material, for the most part, just a little dull or dry in places. I enjoyed...

  • Lydia

    A great book made greater if you've ever read the "New Yorker", the "New Yorker Book of War Pieces", "Secret Ingredient", James Thurber's collections, essays by E.B.White, "Years with Ross", etc. It's...

  • Katie

    An interesting book, but not for people who don't already know some New Yorker history - Mr. Yagoda pretty much assumes that you have some context for White, Thurber, etc. Information on the last few ...