The New Yorker Critical Essays

Introduction

The New Yorker

Founded in 1925 by Harold W. Ross as a humorous weekly concerned with people and events in New York City, the New Yorker achieved renown as a forum for stylish, high-quality fiction, poetry, essays, and cartoons. From its inception Ross's magazine and its illustrious contributors exerted a strong influence on American writing and culture. Many eminent figures in American literature and illustration launched their careers in the pages of the New Yorker, including authors E. B. White, James Thurber, and John Updike and artists Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, and Charles Addams. As the focus of the magazine's content broadened, the New Yorker became known for its highly polished journalistic essays, which ranged from "profiles" that examined the lives and careers of notable figures to such painstakingly reported accounts of current events as Truman Capote's study of homocide which was subsequently published as the nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Having undergone a variety of editorial changes, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s, the New Yorker continues to be an important showcase for American literature, journalism, and art.