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Cast of Characters Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of the New Yorker

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ISBN-10: 0393240037

ISBN-13: 9780393240030

Edition: 2015

Authors: Thomas Vinciguerra

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From its birth in 1925 to the present day, The New Yorker has been the country's most prestigious, entertaining, and informative general-interest periodical. In Cast of Characters, Thomas Vinciguerra revisits the early years of that creative cauldron. At the heart of the narrative is the largely forgotten life of Wolcott Gibbs, the magazine's theater critic and all-around wit, author of an infamous 1936 parody of Time magazine. Around him swirled a legendary roster of names, E. B. and Katharine White, James Thurber, Charles Addams, Peter Arno, and John O'Hara among them. Their stories--along with those of equally colorful but overlooked figures like managing editor St. Clair McKelway, head…    
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2015
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.60" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Wolcott Gibbs, born in 1902, began working at theNew Yorkerin 1927. A supremely gifted writer and editor, he had, by his mid-thirties, published more than a million words in the magazine, covering every section, although he was best known, in his later years, as a sharp theater critic. Gibbs died at the age of 56 on Fire Island. Tom Vinciguerrais a frequent contributor to theNew York Times, and former deputy editor ofThe Week.