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Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of he New Horker

Kunkel, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0679418377 / ISBN 13: 9780679418375
Published by Random House, New York, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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497 pp, notes, selected bibliography, index, b/w photos in text, 8vo, cream boards/black cloth. Botom edge slightly bumped, near fine; dust jacket lightly curled edge, very good. Inscribed, signed by author. Bookseller Inventory # 029607

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Title: Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of he New ...

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Ver y Good

Signed: Inscribed

Edition: 1st Printing.

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This hugely entertaining biography of the founding editor of The New Yorker tells the diverting story of how Ross and the brilliant group of people he gathered around him--including James Thurber, Charles Addams, Dorothy Parker, and John O'Hara--devised the formula that made the magazine such a popular and critical success. Photos & cartoons.


Genius in Disguise is more than a portrait of Harold Ross. Ross is one of those precious few magazine editors whose essence so richly permeates their publication that to speak of the early years of the New Yorker without speaking of Ross is as unthinkable as Playboy without Hefner or Ms. without Steinem. Everything we associate with the sophisticated, urban magazine that refused to address itself to the "little old lady in Dubuque"--the eclectic (and sometimes obscure) subject matter, the obsessive attention to factual and grammatical perfection, even the visual style of the cartoons--was shaped by Ross. But an editor is nothing without writers and artists, and so Kunkel presents Ross as a team captain of sorts, seamlessly weaving anecdotes about the players into his rich portrait of Ross's life.

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