Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today is...the anniversary of the publication of the New Yorker magazine

Today is the anniversary of the publication of the New Yorker magazine. What is your favorite magazine?

The New Yorker's first issue was released on February 21, 1925.

It was founded by Harold Ross, who wanted to create a sophisticated humor magazine.

Though continuing on its path of humor, The New Yorker also started establishing itself as a forum for serious fiction literature and journalism. Some of the respected writers that have been published include Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami, J.D. Salinger, John Updike, E.B. White, and Shirley Jackson.

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" drew more mail than any other story in the magazine's history.

"The Lottery" was published on June 26, 1948 and is today ranked as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature.

Response to the story was extremely negative, causing readers to cancel subscriptions and send hate mail. It was banned in South Africa.

The most reprinted cartoon for The New Yorker was by Peter Steiner's 1993 cartoon of "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog".

The total circulation of The New Yorker as of 2012 was 1,043, 792.

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