The 40s

The 40s

The Story of A Decade

Book - 2014
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The 1940s are the watershed decade of the twentieth century, a time of trauma and upheaval but also of innovation and profound and lasting cultural change. This is the era of Fat Man and Little Boy, of FDR and Stalin, but also of Casablanca and Citizen Kane, zoot suits and Christian Dior, Duke Ellington and Edith Piaf. The 1940s were when The New Yorker came of age. A magazine that was best known for its humor and wry social observation would extend itself, offering the first in depth reporting from Hiroshima and introducing American readers to the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov and the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. In this enthralling book, masterly contributions from the pantheon of great writers who graced The New Yorker's pages throughout the decade are placed in history by the magazine's current writers. Included in this volume are seminal profiles of the decade's most fascinating figures, this volume also provides vital, seldom reprinted criticism. Perhaps no contribution the magazine made to 1940s American culture was more lasting than its fiction and poetry. Included here is an extraordinary selection of short stories by such writers as Shirley Jackson (whose masterpiece "The Lottery" stirred outrage when it appeared in the magazine in 1948) and John Cheever (of whose now classic story "The Enormous Radio" New Yorker editor Harold Ross said: "It will turn out to be a memorable one, or I am a fish.") Also represented are the great poets of the decade, from Louise Bogan and William Carlos Williams to Theodore Roethke and Langston Hughes.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679644798
0679644792
0679644806
9780679644804
Branch Call Number: 973.917 Fo
Characteristics: xvii, 696 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harvey, Giles
Finder, Henry

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Sep 24, 2014

The reviewers are correct; this book contains a wonderful collection of articles from the 1940's. It was a time of war and post war optimism and despair. A superb reflection of the times. I eagerly await a companion volume devoted to the 1950's.

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