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6. Mai 2014 0679644792 978-0679644798
Including contributions by W. H. Auden • Elizabeth Bishop • John Cheever • Janet Flanner • John Hersey • Langston Hughes • Shirley Jackson • A. J. Liebling • William Maxwell • Carson McCullers • Joseph Mitchell • Vladimir Nabokov • Ogden Nash • John O’Hara • George Orwell • V. S. Pritchett • Lillian Ross • Stephen Spender • Lionel Trilling • Rebecca West • E. B. White • Williams Carlos Williams • Edmund Wilson
 
And featuring new perspectives by Joan Acocella • Hilton Als • Dan Chiasson • David Denby • Jill Lepore • Louis Menand • Susan Orlean • George Packer • David Remnick • Alex Ross • Peter Schjeldahl • Zadie Smith • Judith Thurman

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: Albert Einstein, Marshal Pétain, Thomas Mann, Le Corbusier, Walt Disney, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Here are classics in reporting: John Hersey’s account of the heroism of a young naval lieutenant named John F. Kennedy; A. J. Liebling’s unforgettable depictions of the Fall of France and D Day; Rebecca West’s harrowing visit to a lynching trial in South Carolina; Lillian Ross’s sly, funny dispatch on the Miss America Pageant; and Joseph Mitchell’s imperishable portrait of New York’s foremost dive bar, McSorley’s.
 
This volume also provides vital, seldom-reprinted criticism. Once again, we are able to witness the era’s major figures wrestling with one another’s work as it appeared—George Orwell on Graham Greene, W. H. Auden on T. S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling on Orwell. Here are The New Yorker’s original takes on The Great Dictator and The Grapes of Wrath, and opening-night reviews of Death of a Salesman and South Pacific.
 
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.
 
To complete the panorama, today’s New Yorker staff, including David Remnick, George Packer, and Alex Ross, look back on the decade through contemporary eyes. Whether it’s Louis Menand on postwar cosmopolitanism or Zadie Smith on the decade’s breakthroughs in fiction, these new contributions are illuminating, learned, and, above all, entertaining.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Step Into The New Yorker Time Machine 7. Mai 2014
Von takingadayoff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Weighing in at over 700 pages, The 40s: The Story of a Decade is a massive collection of pieces from The New Yorker during the 1940s. It's arranged by magazine sections, and I quickly found that I was reading the book just like I read the magazine. I was reading parts of articles, skipping to my favorite sections, returning to read that long profile I didn't have time for earlier.

I was surprised at how much the tone of the writing matches the tone of today's magazine. You could almost be reading this week's magazine, except that the article is about occupied Paris or Eleanor Roosevelt or George Orwell's new novel 1984. You've probably read some of these pieces before -- John Hersey's Hiroshima is here and so is Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.

Although the movie reviews were not given much priority in the 40s, when The New Yorker was still self-consciously a local New York magazine that emphasized local theater, not Hollywood cinema, there are some fun reviews here such as Casablanca and Citizen Kane. David Denby's introduction to the cinema section contains the surprising fact that University of Southern California offered the first degree in film studies beginning in 1932.

The kindle version seems like a good deal, especially since there are no cartoons and the only illustrations are some magazine cover art at the beginning of each section. No photographs.

(Thanks to NetGalley for a digital review copy.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Rich Volume 10. Mai 2014
Von A Pawtuxet Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The 40s: The Story of a Decade is a remarkable compilation. Its pages are filled with writings gleaned from The New Yorker during a dramatic and pivotal decade, and represent some of the finest names in American journalism and literature.

We get to read original reviews of books (such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and 1984), plays (The Iceman Cometh, Death of a Salesman, South Pacific), and movies (for example Casablanca and Citizen Kane) before anyone knew these would be classics generations later. We learn what critics thought of music, composers, and performances, modern art, architecture, and fashion. We are treated to poetry by W. H. Auden, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Ogden Nash, and Elizabeth Bishop and a dozen short stories by a dozen writers including John Cheever (The Enormous Radio), Carson McCullers (The Jockey) and Vladimir Nabokov (Symbols and Signs).

But while the literary and arts sections of this book are a treat, the real treasure comes in the first sections: The War, American Scenes, Post-War, and Character Studies. Here we time-travel. We are on the ground in Paris in the early days of the war (before anyone knew how it would turn out) hearing of the German approach. We are witnesses to Londoners living through bombing raids. We are there with the Marines at Iwo Jima and we experience Hiroshima through the eyes of those who lived through the horror. Later we sit in on a South Carolina lynching trial, learn the campaign style differences between Dewey and Truman, and have a press-pass view of the 1949 Miss America pageant. And more.

Each section is introduced by a short commentary which orients us to what we are about to find, but this is done with a light touch that avoids doing the reading or thinking for us. The entire book is preceded by an excellent Introduction that gives the history of the New Yorker and allows us to appreciate its unique vision. Throughout the volume the writing is, of course, superb.

There is much more that could be said, but if you are a student of American life, history, or letters, you will find a great deal to enjoy, learn from, and experience in this volume. Let’s hope this book is the first in a series; The New Yorker of 50s and 60s could make for amazing reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting look into the past that manages to present those days more exciting than living them 9. Mai 2014
Von Denis Vukosav - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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‘The 40s: The Story of a Decade’ prepared by The New Yorker Magazine is an extensive collection of articles that were published during the 40s in The New Yorker Magazine.

When I say extensive, I really mean it, because reader will have plenty of things to read on its more than 700 pages especially given the fact there are no photographs (at least in Kindle version I read) except for those few cover arts which were placed on each section start.

The book is divided in sections similar to those found in the magazine what makes extremely easy and convenient to skip to the parts based on your preferences you like to read and then equally easy go to some other section because this is the book you can read in whatever order you like.

When you think that more than seventy years had passed since these events were happening, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to realize there are many parallels that can be drawn with our days, of course, with the exception that names are different. I mostly enjoyed the section that discusses movies of these days, and from this time distance is very entertaining to read about the critic impressions of then released movies which are classics such as Citizen Kane.

Overall, with ‘The 40s: The Story of a Decade’ the authors did an interesting look into the past that manages to present those days probably even more interesting than was living them. We can expect in the future when someone will read a book about our times would think that the world no matter how many bad things were happening was still a better place to live.
Similar to the feeling you have when you close the last page of this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Virtually flawless time travel 24. Mai 2014
Von Michael A. Willhoite - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm most of the way through this marvelous anthology, largely reading it straight through, though doing a bit of skipping around. (Couldn't resist reading some of the stories first.) It's one of the best anthologies ever, and why not? The selections are culled from probably the greatest magazine ever published in America. It's an unbelievably generous selection, even including the entire Hiroshima by John Hersey. Some of the pieces I've read before, but I'm reading them again with pleasure. (One can never re-read Joseph Mitchell too often.) I have only a few tiny quibbles. The story by John O'Hara is surprisingly drab and pointless. And the fashion writing by Lois Long is simply not for everyone. Her blithe writing style, however, merits inclusion. I agree with a reviewer above: this should lead to other decade anthologies. The 1950s and 1930s cry out for collecting. The 40s, Story of a Decade is one of the happiest purchases I've made in a long time. Bravo!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading 27. Juni 2014
Von Richard Craig - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having lived through the decade described by this collection, I would recommend this as required reading for current high school and college literature or history classes in view of the broad spectrum of history, art, literature, music, poetry and culture beautifully expressed here. I am unaware of any other so concentrated mass of the ultimate excellence of expression of this vital period of our lives seemingly unknown to later generations, being briefly, if at all touched in current study texts.
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