One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into
words. "The New Yorker" has met this challenge more successfully
and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has
indelibly shaped the genre known as the "Profile." Starting with
light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures
of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce and Isadora
Duncan, and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of
such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, this
collection of New Yorker Profiles presents readers with a portrait
gallery of some of the most prominent figures of the twentieth
century. These Profiles are literary-journalistic investigations
into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and
ugliness, and are unrivalled in their range, their variety of
style, and their embrace of humanity.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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