Rediscovering the New Yorker‘s Wolcott Gibbs
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall (55 West 13th St., 2nd Fl., Manhattan)
When the New Yorker began publication in 1925, founding editor Harold Ross intended it to be a smart magazine of metropolitan life. Many of the writers who created the magazine’s distinctive style—including E.B. White, James Thurber, A.J. Liebling, and St. Clair McKelway—are still read today. Yet one of its best writers is often overlooked—Wolcott Gibbs, who joined the New Yorker in 1927 and remained on staff as a writer and editor until his death in 1958. Gibbs was the longtime theater critic but also wrote short stories, Talk of the Town pieces, and parodies. As E.B. White said, “All of his stuff was good, much of it superb—smart, memorable, funny. His style had a brilliance which was never flashy, he was self-critical as well as critical, and he had absolute pitch, which enabled him to be a parodist of the first rank.”
Readers will be introduced to this great forgotten writer in a panel discussion of Gibbs’ life and work.