THE 50s THE STORY OF A DECADE: The New Yorker


THE 50s THE STORY OF A DECADE: The New Yorker

EDITED BY HENRY FINDER    Book Number: 84960    Product format: Hardback

Founded in the Twenties when politics, personalities and polished prose went hand in hand, The New Yorker became America's pulse on its own culture. This superb collection of essays includes Philip Roth, Joh Cheever, Nadine Godimer and Adrienne Rich, James Thurber et al. The Fifties classic reportage, criticism and fiction surveys the whole sweep of American life, taking in Ernest Hemingway, Jackson Pollock, Bobby Fischer, the home freezer, polio vaccinations, computers and much else that was new. In a rare collision of two geniuses, Marlon Brando is interviewed by Truman Capote in a Japan hotel and admits that 40% of what he says is untrue. He speaks of the fact that James Dean, recently killed in a crash, used to model himself on Brando and rang him up at all hours, though Brando never called back. In 1959 the new invention of videotape allows a meeting between Nixon and Khrushchev to be hammily relayed to the world. John Updike reflects on 'Quiz Show Scandals' (nothing particularly new about our own, then), though Updike's take is on the way a producer primes a flustered housewife with answers to the questions. Letter from Gaza in March, 1957, looks at the plight of refugees stuck on the Strip and calls on the United Nations to intervene. A description of Leonard Bernstein's performance of his Macbeth Blues foregrounds his physical contortions, Edmund Wilson on Doctor Zhivago emphasizes the violence, and finally a collection of poems includes the greats W.H. Auden, Sylvia Plath and Ogden Nash. Plus east Berlin, Cuba and Castro, an NAACP meeting in Atlanta and poems by Anne Sexton among others. 764pp, biographies, drawings, introductions to each section. Remainder mark.
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