Guess I’ll add this to my wish list: the Chinese edition of Thurber’s My Life and Hard Times, originally published by Harper & Brothers in 1933. The Chinese edition, published in December of 2018, uses Thurber’s drawing of Bolenciecwcz, the main character from chapter eight’s University Days (the drawing as it appears within the book is full page and carries the caption, Bolenciecwcz was trying to think). The Chinese edition cover drawing has been altered with the addition of what looks to be a red flower.
You see on the cover a mention of the 1960 Tony Awards. The play, A Thurber Carnival won a special award that year. Thurber himself accepted. See it on Youtube, beginning at the 22:36 mark as Eddie Albert brings on Thurber’s dear friend, Elliot Nugent, to introduce Thurber.
More Price On Attempted Bloggery
Attempted Bloggery celebrates its 2800th post with a look at a George Price drawing auctioned for a song.See it here.
Looking Closely At The New Yorker Issue Of January 4, 1930
Another go-to site, A New Yorker State of Mind digs deep into the issue of January 4, 1930. The spectacular cover by the spectacular Rea Irvin. Read it all here.
A New Yorker State of Mind with its ongoing fascinating deep dives into the magazine, issue by issue, beginning with the very first number. In this case it’s the issue of December 7, 1929 (cover by Julian de Miskey). Read here.
And Attempted Bloggery shows us an E. Simms Campbell cartoon from the January 1937 issue of Esquire. To see the entire cartoon go here.
Mr. Campbell’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
E. Simms Campbell (photo above) Born, 1906. Died, 1971. New Yorker work: 1932 -1942. Key collections: Cuties in Arms (1943) – the earliest published collection of cartoons by an African-American cartoonist; More Cuties in Arms (also 1943); and Chorus of Cuties (1953)
The cover of the Nov 9 ’29 issue is by Theodore G. Haupt, who contributed 44 terrific covers to The New Yorker. His debut on the cover of the issue of September 3, 1927 was immediately followed by an appearance as the cover artist for the September 10th issue. I’m not sure if this feat — a debut immediately followed by another cover appearance — was ever matched by another cover artist (someone please let me know if it was). His last cover appearance was January 21, 1933. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for Mr. Haupt.
Black Friday New Yorker Cartoon Slideshow
Colin Stokes, the New Yorker‘s assistant cartoon editor has posted a slideshow of 15 Black Friday-related cartoons. See them here.
The always entertaining and enlightening A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker looks at the issue of October 26, 1929 (with Theodore Haupt’s beautiful cover). Key quote from this post:
Although two months remained in the decade, the New Yorker of the Roaring Twenties effectively ended with this issue, just days before a massive market crash sent the nation spiraling into the Great Depression.