VINCIGUERRA CAST OF CHARACTERS
Published October 18th by W. Vinciguerra has not only accomplished both, but I enjoyed Cast of Characters thoroughly to boot. B White and James Thurber. The plays of George S. The most amusing sections focus on the writers’ wit, office romances, and sometimes outrageous behavior, such as Gibbs’s penchant for getting drunk before attending plays he was reviewing. I suspect it began as a biography of Wolcott Gibbs and digressed. Less chatty and gossipy than Brendan Gill’s memoir.
I hasten to add that that is a high compliment. Vinciguerra whose cast of characters is simply more fun elegantly conjures an evocative group dynamic embellished by figures like Harold Ross, Katharine White, Dorothy Parker, St. The New Yorker has been so consistently good that any period can be called “a golden age. Full of anecdotes and eccentricity, like the magazine itself. Refresh and try again. Thomas Vinciguerra gives us substance along with the bon mots and, in so doing, evokes the bright, brilliant, long-ago Manhattan that all newcomers have dreamed of finding. Lists with This Book.
I would never have picked this up if it hadn’t been one of my two choices for the ‘s in the Dewey range.
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A Memoir “Compulsively readable, laugh-out-loud funny. Oh, did I mention I’m a sucker for this stuff? Good book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The more expansive view of the magazine makes for a much more enjoyable read because as one sifts through the various character sketches, it becomes clear that it was the diversity of voices, styles and personalities that made the magazine successful. Minutiae, I tell you. How she put up with these misanthropes, I’ll never know. Some interesting nuggets in here, but I mostly skimmed this. We meet the demanding and eccentric founding editor Harold Ross, who would routinely tell his underlings, “I’m firing you because you are not a genius,” and who once mailed a pair of his underwear to Walter Winchell, who had accused him of preferring to go bare-bottomed under his slacks.
Gibbs’s theater reviews were composed, The New York Herald Tribune recalled, ‘in the manner of a little boy plucking the wings off a nasty insect. Nonetheless, the flavor of the book is good.
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Golden Age of the New Yorker Genre: Davis, author of Charles Addams: I did appreciate some details, though. While the charactres fondness for his subjects is unmistakable, he offers us vinciguerrs entertaining but unvarnished view of his cast, detailing substance abuse, broken marriages, and fits of churlishness. I was especially interested to read about the overlap between the New Yorker staff and the Vicious Circle of the Algonquin Round Table.
Thomas Vinciguerra’s elegantly-written and well-researched book now in paperback takes readers back to the bygone era between the wars, when the crazy, creative characters who started The New Yorker built a magazine institution now nearing a century of striving to present the best of American literature, journalism, culture and humor.
Ably captures the antic spirit of The New Yorker’s first heyday. A revealing and entertaining chronicle of the birth and heyday of The New Yorker, focusing mostly on three of the most influential participants: Of course the author uses the words “torpor,” insouciant” and “lacunae” in the first six pages of this book.
Thomas Vinciguerra gives us substance along with the bon mots and, in so doing, evokes the bright, brilliant, long-ago Manhattan that all newcomers have dreamed of finding. Joining the cast are the mercurial, blind James Thurber, a brilliant cartoonist and wildly inventive fabulist, and the enigmatic E.
Wolcott Gibbs is by far the central character in this book. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The rest of the vast crowd that made the magazine what it was through its “golden age” are not short-changed, but as the book began as a biography of Gibbs, it places a great deal of emphasis on his participation. I have not lived a day of my life without the New Yorker. Jun 17, Laurence L. Kate rated it liked it Apr 01, White, and James Thurber, as well as founder Harold Ross and various other ‘fabled oddballs.
So much that I sometimes felt like banging my head against the wall over it. Then there is the dashing St. He went so far in some cases as to take a submission to a rented hotel room for the spacecut it to pieces and reassemble it so that it made sense to him. I found that refreshing, since I have read about Thurber, I have read about White, I have read about Harold Ross, and so on; but I’ve never really known much about Gibbs or about many of the others whose stories are told.
Worse, the more I got to know about these men, the less I liked them.
Nov 09, Ray LaManna rated it it was amazing. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. My meanderings through the lives of that august group and their associates led me to read The Years with Ross by James Caast, a memoir of Thurber’s years at The plays of George S. The New Yorker has been so consistently good that any period can be called “a golden age. A Cartoonist’s Life show more.
An interesting book on the early years of the New Yorker, focusing mainly on editor and writer Wolcott Gibbs, but containing information about E. Cash think the author took on too much to be presented here. Perelman, Cast of Characters sent the salmon in me going upstream. With the micromanaging Ross looking over their shoulders, they gave the magazine its voice and its panache, nicely conveyed by Vinciguerra in judicious excerpts from emblematic articles and juicy anecdotes involving many talented, turbulent contributors….
Mar 16, Peter Mcloughlin rated it did not like it Shelves: A terrific examination of the birth and heyday of The New Yorker, focusing mostly on three of the most influential participants: White, and James Thurber.