Engaging elegance: the politicization of the New Yorker, 1934-1946

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Title: Engaging elegance: the politicization of the New Yorker, 1934-1946
Author: Scribner, Campbell
Advisor: Gerstein, Linda; Krippner, James
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 2043021 bytes121532 bytes
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: My thesis discusses political and ethical changes in the editorial policy of the New Yorker magazine during the 1930s and 1940s. Specifically, it examines the impact of Communist literary criticism, the United Front, and class struggle on the editorial copy of what began as an aloof, humorous publication. Why, by 1946, was the New Yorker printing serious political material, such as John Hersey's famous article "Hiroshima," and to what extent did the change result from the leftward shift of the Great Depression? This thesis is an appropriate supplement to studies of art and Communism, as well as studies of American politics vis-a-vis humor, mass culture, and publishing.
Subject: New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925) -- History
Subject: Journalism -- New York (State) -- New York -- Editing -- History -- 20th century
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