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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

November 6th, 2002

In 1892, editor Harold Ross (The New Yorker, 1925-51) is born in Aspen, Colo.

Harold Ross, b. November 6, 1892, d. 1951

ross.pngRoss sprang out of a journeyman’s career as a journalist for no fewer than a dozen different newspapers to create America’s most distinctive magazine, The New Yorker, which published its first issue in 1925 and continues to be a model of good writing. Ross had an instinct for locating good writers and proved to be a brilliant, if exasperating, editor; the entire roster of significant American mid-century writers has been nourished by Ross’s remarkable creation. James Thurber’s memoir of The New Yorker’s heyday paints an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable man, who was called, among other things, “an illiterate clown,” “a dishonest Abe Lincoln,” and “a genius.”

Suggested Reading Biography The Years with Ross, by James Thurber, 1957.

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