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A paperback original of the best writing from the New Yorker's most famous section. Talk of the Town

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375756498
ISBN-10: 0375756493
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 138mm x 32mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Seventy-five years' worth of the "New Yorker"'s pithy, upfront mini-portraits of people and their times. Robert Benchley (1925) sets the tone-at once haute-monde, whimsical, and urban-sophisticate throughout-and Ross (herself a 45-year veteran of the section) caps it off (in 2000). America's preeminent belletrists of the 20th century-Updike, Thurber, Liebling, E.B. White-here get their due for what was once an unsigned hallmark of the magazine. Harold Ross and, later, William Shawn make occasional appearances, and Jackie Onassis signs her name (in 1975) to a treatise on New York landmark preservation. There's a trip to the dress shop with First Lady-elect Roosevelt on the eve of inauguration (1931); a talk with Norman Mailer, "whose novel 'The Naked and the Dead' has been at the top of the best-seller lists for several months now" (1949); a visit to a young playwright-turned-politician named Gore Vidal (1960); plus the best of the best from recent years. An irresistible little treat for the "New Yorker" purists and latter-day fans all the same. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Lillian Ross

As Lillian Ross writes in her Preface, Talk stories have today evolved into the sharpest, funniest, and often timeliest short-form writing in the history of the magazine. These little (a thousand words or less) gems now bear out the ultimate refinement of what Harold Ross wanted his magazine to be.

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