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  Harold Ross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harold Wallace Ross (November 6, 1892 - December 6, 1951) was an American journalist and founder of The New Yorker magazine, which he edited from 1925 to his death.
Born in Aspen, Colorado to George and Ida (Martin) Ross, he was the son of an Irish immigrant and a schoolteacher.
Ross, who was said to resemble "a dishonest Abe Lincoln" was a genius at attracting talent to his new magazine, featuring writers such as James Thurber, E.B. White, Katherine Angell, S.J. Perelman, Janet Flanner (aka "Genet"), Wolcott Gibbs, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Harold_Ross   (593 words)

 Harold Ross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross was born in the silver-mining town of Aspen, Colorado, to the Scotch-Irishman George Ross and his schoolteacher wife, Ida Martin.
Ross worked like a fiend on The New Yorkereven as the magazine was criticized for allegedly ignoring the nation's trajectory towards WWII and remaining aloof from the social problems of American cities, including its namesake.
Ross' death came as a great shock to the staff and contributors, but the framework for the magazine was securely in place and managing editor William Shawn was able to smoothly take over the editorship in January 1952.
xroads.virginia.edu /~ug02/NewYorker/rosshome2.html   (423 words)

 CJR - Books - Harold Ross of the New Yorker, by Thomas Kunkel
Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of the New Yorker, by Thomas Kunkel.
Ross played the part of the hayseed for his own deft purposes and used his "rusticity to great advantage." He pretended ignorance in order to spur his writers on to greater clarity.
Behind the bucolic mummery, says Kunkel, Ross was a "voracious reader" who could even be regarded as a "closet intellectual." Ross had "a near-perfect ear for language" and wrote in what Rebecca West called a "clear, hard, classical American style." He was largely free of the vulgar prejudices and gauche pruderies of his western adolescence.
archives.cjr.org /year/95/3/books-ross.asp   (1267 words)

 Insight on the News: Unlikely editor helped America effect that certain savoir faire - New Yorker editor Harold Ross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Every cartoon of Ross that appeared in other publications managed to exaggerate the wide gap between his two front teeth, as though to demonstrate that this hick who had never visited a good dentist was as misplaced as a giraffe in sophisticated New York.
Ross was mercurial in temperament, uttered smears of Jews and fls, mishandled his money and married disastrously three times (each divorced wife later found her way into a happy marriage).
Ross, in his inimitable way, successfully minimized the contrast between his magazine's worldliness in fiction, art and simple reportage on the one hand and its sometimes-embarrassing naivete when its writers wandered into other matters - governmental or scientific - that required special knowledge and insight.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1571/is_n19_v11/ai_16951806   (1249 words)

 Celebrity Caricature in America | Harold Ross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross lacked Frank Crowninshield's refined background and polished wit, but this rough-edged westerner had a keen sense of eastern urbanity.
The first years of the magazine were precarious, as Ross struggled with the format and the finances.
The jokingly dandified Ross examines pesky critic Alexander Woollcott, a close friend with whom he shared a running feud.
www.npg.si.edu /exh/caricatures/ross.htm   (156 words)

 Hemingway Review, The: Ernest Hemingway and The New Yorker: The Harold Ross files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross, described by one of his biographers as "a now-and-then fishing com- _ panion of Hemingway's;' had a decidedly mixed opinion of Hemingway as a writer (Kunkel, 248, 306).
Ross may not have whole-heartedly embraced everything Hemingway wrote, but was a shrewd enough editor to realize the value of having a writer of Hemingway's stature among the magazine's contributors.
Ross responded on 15 February 1943, explaining that due to personnel changes brought on by the war and a significant increase in the volume of subscriptions, the magazine's circulation department had gone "belly up." Nonetheless, he vowed to handle the matter for the Hemingways and shared his thoughts on Woollcott's death.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3786/is_200110/ai_n8954798   (1383 words)

 Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross was engaged at the time in breaking a snowroad from his ranch home to the highway that the children might go to school the next morning.
Harold Ross was born in Sterling, Co., September 16, 1916, and came to Jackson Hole in 1933.
Ross was one of the sturdy young ranchers of Jackson Hole, respected for rugged honesty and fair dealing by his neighbors.
www.jhavalanche.org /fatal_articles.php?article=Ross   (956 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
When it was decided to add a biography of Harold Ross to the 1960 printing of the Fourteenth Edition of Britannica, the obvious choice for author was his long-time associate E.B. White.
ROSS, Harold Wallace (1892-1951), a revolutionary figure in U.S. journalism, founder and first editor of The New Yorker, was born in Aspen, Colo., Nov. 6, 1892.
Ross died in Boston on Dec. 6, 1951, having to a notable extent changed the face of journalism in his time.
www.britannica.com /original/print?content_id=1376   (252 words)

 Jane Grant:Ablaze with Adventure and Verve:Gallery II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Alexander Woollcott, drama critic, friend, colleague, and housemate of Jane Grant and Harold Ross, from the window of Grant and Ross's apartment at 412 W. 47th Street in New York city.
Harold Ross when he was the editor of the American Legion Weekly,ca.
Series of photographs taken of Jane Grant and Harold Ross in the courtyard of their brownstone apartment building at 412 W. 47th Street in New York city.
libweb.uoregon.edu /speccoll/exhibits/JaneGrant/ablaze/gallery2.html   (509 words)

 Commentary Magazine - Harold Ross's "New Yorker"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
...Far from resembling Mencken, Ross was distinctly the kind of unlettered provincial who, had he held any position other than the one he did hold on the New Yorker, would have been the perfect target for Mencken's jibes about the ignorance of the American businessman...
...Ross was a steady and heavy loser at cards, and Winnev took advantage of the situation to make each loss greater than it actually was...
...Harold Ross was born in Aspen, Colorado, in 1892...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V28I2P36-1.htm   (3073 words)

 NYPL, The New Yorker Records   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross did most of his text-editing by letter, memo, or notes which sometimes ran to pages of queries and suggestions.
Throughout her career with the magazine she was, next to Ross, the most consistent and thorough critic of the magazine.
On these discs Ross recorded comments on manuscripts (transcripts of which may be found in Boxes 39-42), critiques of the magazine, and letters and memos.
www.nypl.org /research/chss/spe/rbk/faids/NYhtml/nyserdesc.htm   (3137 words)

 Harold Wallace Ross Biography / Biography of Harold Wallace Ross Biography
Harold Ross (1892-1951) founded the New Yorker and remained at its helm for a quarter century.
Harold Wallace Ross was born November 6, 1892, in Aspen, Colorado, to George and Ida (Martin) Ross.
Ross made it as far as Needles, California, where he briefly worked as a timekeeper before returning to Salt Lake City.
www.bookrags.com /biography-harold-wallace-ross   (259 words)

 The New Republic: Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker.(book reviews)@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Harold Wallace Ross, founder and editor of The New Yorker magazine, is probably remembered more for his idiosyncrasies than for his genius.
Tight-lipped about himself, he stands out colorfully in the recollections of his staff members and contributors who reported at length on his crotchets, expostulations ("God, how I pity me"'), obsessions, antipathies and tirades.
Their composite portrait of Ross is complex and contradictory.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:28550749&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (220 words)

 Ben Yagoda’s “About Town : The New Yorker and The World It Made”
She, James Thurber, Harold Ross, and E.B. White set the pace for the magazine in it's early years.
Harold Ross was the magazine's founder and served as it's editor until 1951.
Ross was something of a country redneck, sporting a crew cut, who hailed from what at that time was a rural village: Aspen, Colorado.
walkerrowe.com /abouttown.html   (992 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This now-famous line first appeared in the prospectus Harold Ross wrote for a humor magazine he was hoping to start, and, in fact, epitomized the publication's early years.
Harold Ross, the founder and first editor of the magazine, with the help of Katherine and E.B.White, Thurber, Dorothy Parker, and many other fine editors and writers launched the magazine in the 1920s.
Ross died in the early 1950s, and during the fifties under the editorship of William Shawn, the magazine became relatively banal according to Yagoda who says it appealed to stay-at-home wives who enjoyed articles that reminded them of their college days (among other pieces, Mary McCarthy's tales of her Italian travels were featured).
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0684816059   (2438 words)

 Sample text for Library of Congress control number 99034703
But of course Ross ran The New Yorker utterly, relentlessly, and largely in the same way he juggled his demanding social life—with a copious stream of letters, memoranda, telegrams, even scrawled notes to his staff and contributors.
Letter writing was at the core of that existence, as much a part of Ross as his unruly hair or the double-wide gap in his front teeth.
A turn-of-the-century child of the frontier, son of an immigrant miner and a prim prairie schoolmarm, Ross was always something of a nineteenth-century figure even as he guided the twentieth century's most literate magazine.
www.loc.gov /catdir/samples/random044/99034703.html   (1004 words)

 Selected letters offer insider look at The New Yorker's first years
Ross teases J. Edgar Hoover, refusing to divulge a source.
Despite his claim that "a journalist is entitled to no friends," Ross carries on epistolary conversations with a surprisingly diverse group of people -- John Hersey, Harpo Marx, E. White, in addition to the above-mentioned -- revealing different facets of his personality to each.
Given that Ross' use of language holds at least as much interest as his famous recipients, one wishes that Thomas Kunkel's index included subjects, too.
www.ksu.edu /english/nelp/reviews/kunkel.html   (327 words)

 RCF - Book Reviews
Harold Ross was one of the most influential magazine editors of the first half of the twentieth century and this collection of letters shows us why.
Ross started the New Yorker in 1925 as a topical magazine that was dedicated to printing serious fiction as well as being “entertaining and bright.” He encouraged good writers such as E. White, James Thurber, Rebecca West, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and John Hersey.
He wrote against firing staffers who were branded as communists in 1947 and edited a piece on lynching that same year.
www.centerforbookculture.org /review/bookreviews/01_2/letterseditor.html   (320 words)

 Dorothy Parker Society
Dorothy Parker was among the close group of friends from the Algonquin Round Table who aided the founder of The New Yorker, Harold Ross, when he launched the magazine from this house.
When he was 30, Ross founded the magazine and would continue as its editor until his death in 1951.
When Ross moved into the house with his new wife, Parker and her boyfriend, Charlie MacArthur (who would go on to write The Front Page) and Harpo Marx hired a street carousel for neighborhood kids.
www.dorothyparkernyc.com /dot20.htm   (469 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Letters from the Editor: the New Yorker's Harold Ross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross liked to present himself as an unadorned, uneducated type, but from the moment he magicked up The New Yorker in 1924, it's clear that he was far more.
Ross was a lucky visionary, after all, who never concerned himself with target audiences, focus groups, or user testing.
Born in Colorado, Ross (1892-1951) became a reporter at 16, a contributor to The Stars and Stripes during World War I, and in 1925, a New Yorker editor.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0375503978   (1320 words)

Harold Ross was interviewed on December 4, 1992.
During this interview, Harold discusses his training throughout WWII and the Korean War including all of the places he was shipped.
Harold also discusses his life after the war and all of the activities that he is involved in.
www.metismuseum.ca /resource.php/01232   (81 words)

 Amazon.com: Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of the New Yorker: Books: Thomas Kunkel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This marvelous, gossipy biography of Harold Ross (1892-1951), the Colorado silver prospector's son who founded the New Yorker in 1925 and made it into a bastion of literary excellence and East Coast urbanity, is as much a portrait of the man as a revealing chronicle of the magazine.
In part, Ross was underestimated in his lifetime because he had the unfashionable style in the office of a neurotic worrier.
Harold Ross, a mostly forgotten man, gave his heart and soul to The NewYorker, and ultimately, to all of us.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786703237?v=glance   (2172 words)

 ROSS, HAROLD WALLACE. The Columbia Encyclopedia: Sixth Edition. 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross quit school at the age of 14 to work at the Salt Lake City Tribune.
From its inception, the New Yorker captured the contemporary scene in features written by such writers as E. White, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and Wolcott Gibbs, and in cartoons by Peter Arno and Charles Addams.
See J. Thurber, The Years With Ross (repr.
www.bartleby.com /aol/65/ro/Ross-Har.html   (98 words)

 Harold Ross and the Staff of Stars and Stripes
Harold Wallace Ross, who later founded and for a long time directed the fortunes of The New Yorker magazine.
Ross was known for his energy but also for his rather abrasive character.
However, as it transpired that the DSM was rarely awarded below the rank of colonel, Ross did not receive his medal, but then Ross had never asked for credit, though Watson clearly felt that he richly deserved it.
www.worldwar1.com /dbc/st_st.htm   (964 words)

 BrothersJudd Blog: WHAT HAROLD KNEW   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ross didn't like that, but nevertheless he was a purist and perfectionist and it had a tremendous effect on all of us: it kept us from being sloppy.
But he repeated, "Do you know English?" When I said I did he replied, "Goddamn it, nobody knows English." As Andy White mentioned in his obituary, Ross approached the English sentence as though it was an enemy, something that was going to throw him.
Ross looked at it and said: "Goddam it, this is too literary; I got only 15% of the allusions." My wife and I often tried to figure out which were the 15% he could have got.
www.brothersjudd.com /blog/archives/006426.html   (568 words)

 'Letters From the Editor': Between the Lines at The New Yorker
But instead he built his magazine, and this book, "Letters From the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross," reflects how he did it.
Ross devoted several hours of his day to typing letters.
Kunkel's biography of Ross, "Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker," he set about to dispel the prevailing impression of his subject, who never even graduated from high school, as "a perpetually confused hayseed, a naif, an uncouth provincial who succeeded almost in spite of himself."
partners.nytimes.com /library/books/012000ross-book-review.html   (494 words)

 BLET honors Harold Ross with Honorary Membership [Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen]
Brother Ross becomes the 15th Honorary Member in the history of the BLET and its predecessor organizations, and was recognized for his many years of exemplary service to the organization and its membership.
Brother Ross graduated from Harvard Law School in 1956 before serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, La. His work for the Brotherhood began during Guy Brown’s term as Grand Chief Engineer in November of 1958.
After a brief hiatus, Brother Ross returned to the Brotherhood in 1963 and began serving as its General Counsel on Sept. 1, 1967.
www.ble.org /pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=4029   (545 words)

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