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Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: (Paperback)

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Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: (Paperback)

Ved Mehta

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-707-6
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A poignant tribute, Mehta's book revisits (through memories, letters and interviews) the career of William Shawn, who edited the New Yorker from 1951 to 1987. During his self-effacing stewardship, Shawn shifted the emphasis of the magazine from the satire and whimsy of his predecessor, Harold Ross, to serious in-depth reportage, all the while maintaining the elegance and integrity for which the magazine was famous, qualities generally thought to have faded from its pages since his departure.

It comes almost as a shock that something as eccentric and rigorously uncommercial as Shawn's New Yorker could have existed so recently, or vanished so completely from the literary scene. In his chronicles, Mehta builds a powerful, very moving case for the punctilious, "invisible art" of his former boss.

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