The Receptionist An Education at the New Yorker ( CD)
|Author: Janet Groth|
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|Groth delivers a seductive and entertaining look back at her 21 years (1957 to 1978--the William Shawn years) of lateral trajectory at America''s most literary of institutions.|
From the Publisher:
Thanks to a successful interview with the painfully shy E.B. White, a beautiful, 19-year-old, blue-eyed blonde from the cornfields of Iowa lands a job as a receptionist at The New Yorker magazine. There she stays two decades, becoming general all-around factotum?watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the eccentric inhabitants of the 18th floor. Though she dreamed of becoming a writer, she never advanced at the magazine.
This memoir of a particular time and place is as much about why that was so as it is about Groth's fascinating relationships with John Berryman, Joseph Mitchell, Muriel Spark, as well as E.J. Kahn, Calvin Trillin, Renata Adler, Peter DeVries, Charles Addams, and many other New Yorker contributors and bohemian denizens of Greenwich Village in its heyday. Eventually, Groth would have to leave The New Yorker in order to find herself.
"Her writing often seems like the very essence of the Shawn-era New Yorker, but it's joined to the sensibility of a woman who gave her youth to the magazine and has some treasurable memories to show for it, but also mixed feelings." - Phil Dyess-Nugent 07/16/2012 "Groth's memoir reads like 'Page Six' for English majors." - Abigail Meisel 09/23/2012