Remembering Mr. Shawn's "New Yorker" by Ved Mehta
The Invisible Art of Editing

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For more than three decades, a quiet man - some would say almost an invisible man - dwelt at the center of American journalistic and literary life. He was William Shawn, the editor-in-chief of The New Yorker from 1952 to 1987. In Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, Mr. Mehta, who started writing for The New Yorker at the age of twenty-five, and over some thirty-three years contributed such historic pieces as his brilliant study of philosophers at Oxford, and who was a friend of Shawn and his family, gives us the closest, most careful, and most refined description that has yet been written of Shawn's editorship of the magazine. As Mr. Mehta pulls back the curtain, we see the workings of The New Yorker behind the scenes. The book will give intense pleasure to all who love reading and writing, for it is at once a tribute to William Shawn, a close look at the relationship between writer and editor, and a joyful homage to the inextricably linked arts of editing, writing, and reading.

About Ved Mehta

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Ved Mehta, a native of Lahore, India, has been blind since childhood. He received his B.A. from Balliol College, Oxford and his M.A. from Harvard University in 1961. He has been on staff at the New Yorker magazine since 1961 and has written numerous articles on life in 20th-century India. A prolific author of more than 20 books and essay collections, Mehta's works include "Face to Face," "Walking the Indian Streets" and "Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: The Invisible Art of Editing.
Published January 1, 1998 by The Overlook Press, Woodstock.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Too admiring, perhaps—as Mehta himself admits, there were too many —long fact pieces that went unread— and the fiction too often —didn—t go anywhere.— Still, the high level of quality Shawn managed week after week is matchless, and Mehta effectively captures that era.

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The Guardian

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Much the same is true in Red Letter, which is less about Mehta Senior's affair than about how Mehta Junior learnt of and wrote about it.

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A poignant tribute from a flawed but well-placed Boswell, Mehta's book revisits (through memories, letters and interviews) the career of William Shawn, who edited the New Yorker from 1951 to 1987.

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Entertainment Weekly

Here but Not Here: C Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker: D Originally posted Jul 10, 1998 Published in issue #440 Jul 10, 1998 Order article reprints

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London Review of Books

Even completed works of this scope carry a suggestion of fragility within their sturdy achievement, and Mehta tells us that although he had been thinking of the whole sequence for a long time, it was ‘mostly a private vision’: ‘I wasn’t sure that I would have the physical and emotional stamina – ...

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