The New Yorker has a very dynamic history full of important figures in the writing and art arena who helped shape the magazine to be what it is today. Based on the Timeline from The New Yorker’s official website, the magazine was founded on February 21, 1925. It was financially supported by General Baking Company’s Raoul Fleischmann, Dorothy Parker and others. Rea Irvin drew the cover, a mythical, regency dandy named Eustace Tilley that became the face of the magazine.
In 1926, E.B. White was hired to work at The New Yorker. He is the author of the beloved children’s book and movie, Charlotte’s Web. Peter Arno began to draw his covers for the magazine that generally consisted of “full page darkwash drawings of wealthy New York men and ample showgirls.”
In addition to E.B. White, other well known writers and poets that contributed to The New Yorker were: F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby, W.B. Yeats, who submitted his poem “Death”, William Carlos Williams and Ogden Nash. It is fascinating to see the how long many of the contributors stuck with the magazine. We’re talking 40, 50, even 60 plus years.
Saul Steinburg was responsible for the drawing of a New York centered view of the world, which was published in 1976, and defined the magazine following its debut. More recently, The New Yorker has won many awards including National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, Special Interests, Profiles, Essays, and Reviews & Criticism.
The Kindle version of The New Yorker includes all poetry, articles and fiction included in the print version of the magazine. The Kindle version only includes a selection of cartoons. The reviews are mixed. The pros to the Kindle version include the ability to carry around a stack of magazines in just one device. The cons include navigation issues. So take your pick. Are you a traveler and enjoy having a lot of material in one little easy to carry device, or do you value the quality and design of the print edition?
The New Yorker is currently owned by Condé Nast Publications and their stock information is private.