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History of the NEW yorker

Inside The Man With The Plan

The cover of the first issue of the New Yorker. Issued on February 21, 1925.

Eighty-one years ago Harold Ross and his wealthy partner launched a small journal they hoped would be enjoyed for its sophisticated and stylish attitude. After creating F-R Publishing Company their vision was realized and The New Yorker was born. Since 1925 the magazine has developed into something

much more than a just a societal indulgence; it has become a forum for talented writers and artists to showcase themselves with an overtly attentive audience. Harold Ross however was an amazing leader. The people who worked under him knew him to be a genius and he was well respected by all who followed him though many people knew him to be a better journalist and businessman then a person. Ross was born in Aspen, Colorado on November sixth 1892. He worked for many papers before the inception of The New Yorker in 1925. Some publications include The Salt Lake Tribune, Atlanta Journal, and the Brooklyn Eagle. He decided to enlist in the army during World War One and while he was overseas he started working for a publication in Paris when his tour was over called Stars And Stripes where he met his first wife Jane. During his tenure as editor of The New Yorker Ross aided many young authors and poets in jumpstarting their careers. Many Writers saw him to be a mentor in that part of their lives. Today, these writers are revered as pioneers of modern literature, some even authors of timeless novels read and re-read by each generation. After the New Yorker was created Ross decided to publish a “pony” edition of the magazine which was made available to the overseas servicemen. The “Pony” edition was extremely popular and existed from 1943-1946. Harold Ross’s death ushered in a new era for the New Yorker, but Ross’s dream was preserved well and kept the same tone and level of sophistication for eighty-one years. Ross died during a routine tumor removal operation.

Table Of Contents

Inside The Man With The Plan

2001: Enter 1

A Few Familiar Voices 2

A Few More Familiar Voices





the many cartoons published in the magazine as well as biographies on many of the recurring contributors. Though all of this is available in the online edition for free, subscribers can navigate around the entire website. The archive online consists of every article published since the first one in 1925 including cover art and advertisements.

1987 Robert Gottlieb is named his sucessor

2 0 0 1 : E n t e r w w w. N e w Yo r ke r. c o m magazine using the search bar for specific areas of interest. There are also dozens of blogs available to read as well as a more direct way of contacting the magazine and submitting responses for the “Ask the Author” section. Audio and video supplements are also available such as podcasts and videos made by contributors to the magazine. A Q&A section is available as well as an archive to

1952 William Shawn becomes editor

Seventy six years after the magazine was released The New Yorker online went live. The website offers many links and types of articles that aren’t available in the print edition of the magazine. Though there are many perks subscribers to the magazine get on the website, many supplements are available online for the public to view. Non -subscribers can search the


1992 Tina Brown becomes editor

1998 David Remnick is named the fifth editor of the magazine and remains editor today

A Few Familiar Voices Throughout the last seventy six years the New Yorker has contributed to the rise of countless poets, authors and artists. The magazines prestige lives though it’s ability to attract the country’s best writers. The next section Will highlight a few of those Authors and poets and give a brief background of their affiliation with the magazine and mention other works.

Born July 11 1899, E.B White’s father was a piano manufacturer. He was one of six children in his family having three sisters and two brothers. He and his siblings attended public school until he attended college at Cornell University where he graduated in 1921. Four years later White made his first contribution to the New Yorker, an article, called Defense of The Bronx River. Two years later he was given the title of “Contributing Editor” to The New Yorker. He released a poetry collection called The Lady Is Cold in 1929 and soon after published a book with co-worker James Thurber that was very influential in the exploration of Freudian psychology in the 1920’s. The section he most often contributed to was the “Notes and Comments” section of the magazine and is known to set the tone for every following issue of the magazine.

Pictured Above: E.B White. Contributing editor to The New Yorker, and notable author

On The Right: John Cheever. Author and frequent contributor to The New Yorker

Cheever was born in Massachusetts on May 27 1912. He attended private schools during his childhood but was expelled at age 17 for smoking. Though he had been published in smaller literary circles his first story in the New Yorker Brooklyn Rooming House wasn’t published until 1934, later that year he published his first book of short stories titled The Way Some People Live. This began a long, healthy career with The New Yorker in which he published over a hundred short stories. His writing was known to have the theme of “good people doing good things” until the 70’s when his personal problems came to light. His family placed him in rehab and here he came up with the idea for one of his most notable books called Falconer. This book was considered much darker than his other writings as it dealt with topics such as homosexuality and alcoholism. One June 18 1982 cancer took his life, his final book was published shortly after and it was called: Oh, What A Paradise It Seems.

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