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Life Stories

Profiles From The New Yorker
(Book - 2000 )
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Life Stories


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One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker magazine has met this challenge more often and more successfully--and more originally and more surprisingly--than any other modern American journal. Starting with its light fantastic evocations of the glamorous and the idiosyncratic in the twenties and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, The New Yorker's Profiles have presented readers with a vast and brilliant portrait gallery of our day and age. These literary-journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, are unrivaled in their range, variety of style, and embrace of humanity. To help mark the occasion of The New Yorker's seventy-fifth anniversary, Life Stories puts into one volume, for the first time, some of the most outstanding examples of this exemplary tradition. Here you will find Wolcott Gibbs on Henry Luce, Lillian Ross on Ernest Hemingway, and Susan Orlean on show dog Biff Truesdale. And in some of the exhibit's many other rooms you will find startling likenesses of Marlon Brando by Truman Capote, magician Ricky Jay by Mark Singer, pitcher Steve Blass by Roger Angell, and Anatole Broyard by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. When they were first published in the magazine, these essential biographies brought insight, amusement, understanding, and, often, joy or sorrow to those who read them. Gathered together here, in Life Stories, they provide us with an album of our era, a rich and diverse appraisal of some of the most prominent members of an entire century's cast.
Title: Life stories
profiles from The New Yorker
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xii, 530 p. ;,25 cm.
Contents: Mr. Hunter's grave (George F. Hunter) / Joseph Mitchell
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.
Additional Contributors: Remnick, David
ISBN: 0375503552
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