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Title The world through a monocle : the New Yorker at midcentury / Mary F. Corey.
Author Corey, Mary F.
Publication Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Description xiv, 251 pages ; 25 cm
Call # 051 C
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-242) and index.
Contents Preface: First Things -- 1. The Lay of the Land -- 2. Beyond the Manhattan Skyline -- 3. Red Hunting and the New Yorker Village -- 4. Slouching toward Anti-Communism -- 5. The New Yorker in Black and White -- 6. The Romance of the Other -- 7. Managing with Servants -- 8. The War between Men and Women -- 9. Goods and Goodness -- Conclusion: Fault Lines.
Summary At midcentury, The New Yorker magazine occupied an unsurpassed niche of cultural authority, wielding a power without precedent in the magazine market. In this period a small but influential community of readers relied on The New Yorker as a guide to the emerging postwar world, turning to it for information about Broadway theater, Parisian pret-a-porter, Italian Communism, the bombing of Bikini Atoll, English movies, and French wines. A well-known critic lamented that "certain groups have come to communicate almost exclusively in references to the [magazine's] sacred writings." The World through a Monocle is a study of these "sacred writings."
Mary Corey mines the magazine's mix of journalism, fiction, advertisements, cartoons, and poetry to unearth a kind of New Yorker Village - a locale of contradiction and delight, of self-importance and social justice. She exposes a magazine with blind spots in regard to women and to racial and ethnic stereotyping, but which nevertheless strove towards liberal ideals, publishing the work of Rachel Carson, John Hersey, Hannah Arendt, and others. She recreates an audience that devoured ads for luxury items while avidly absorbing social criticism and political engagement. Balancing the wish to live well with the aim to do good, The New Yorker provided what seemed like a coherent value system in an incoherent world.
Subject New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925) -- History.
Periodicals -- Publishing -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1945-1970.
ISBN 0674961935 (alk. paper)
9780674961937 (alk. paper)

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