One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. "The New Yorker" has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the "Profile." Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorousMore »
One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. "The New Yorker" has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the "Profile." Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce and Isadora Duncan, and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, this collection of New Yorker Profiles presents readers with a portrait gallery of some of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century. These Profiles are literary-journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, and are unrivalled in their range, their variety of style, and their embrace of humanity.« Less
profiles from The New Yorker
Secrets of the magus (Ricky Jay) / Mark Singer
Isadora (Isadora Duncan) / Janet Flanner
Soloist (Mikhail Baryshnikov) / Joan Acocella
Time, fortune, life, Luce (Henry Robinson Luce) / Wolcott Gibbs
Nobody better, better than nobody (Heloise) / Ian Frazier
Mountains of pi (the Chudnovsky brothers) / Richard Preston
Covering the cops (Edna Buchanan) / Calvin Trillin
Travels in Georgia (Carol Ruckdeschel) / John McPhee
Man who walks on air (Philippe Petit) / Calvin Tomkins
A house on Gramercy Park (Benjamin Sonnenberg) / Geoffrey Hellman
How do you like it now, gentlemen? (Ernest Hemingway) / Lillian Ross
Education of a prince (Prince Michael Alexandrovitch Dmitry Obolensky Romanoff) / Alva Johnston
White like me (Anatole Broyard) / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Wunderkind (Floyd Patterson) / A.J. Liebling
Fifteen years of the salto mortale (Johnny Carson) / Kenneth Tynan
Duke in his domain (Marlon Brando) / Truman Capote
A Pryor love (Richard Pryor) / Hilton Als
Gone for good (Steve Blass) / Roger Angell
Lady with a pencil (Katharine White) / Nancy Franklin
Dealing with Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) / John Lahr
Coolhunt (Baysie Wightman and DeeDee Gordon) / Malcolm Gladwell
Man goes to see a doctor (Max Grosskurth) / Adam Gopnik
Show dog (Biff Truesdale) / Susan Orlean
Forty-one false starts (David Salle) / Janet Malcolm.
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