Excerpt from More in Sorrow
The time I spent on The New Yorker (from 1927 up to now) has been covered by Mr. James Thurber in his book called The Years with Ross in a manner that should serve always as a model for such reminiscences. In addition to a phenomenal memory, Mr. Thurber has enormous persever ance in research, a wit and style that have always com manded my stunned admiration, and, I should say, a ro mantic heart that has enabled him to think of his place of business as the most picturesque establishment in publish ing history. This is a touching illusion, and I hesitate to cor rect it. Instead, I think, we will just pass on to something else. Because of a late-blooming and therefore more than usually passionate energy, I have contributed more words to The New Yorker than anybody else in its thirty-odd year span. It is certainly unnecessary to go into the nature of these works, except to say that they included practically everything this side of women's fashions and horse racing, two fields in which my information was generally felt to be inadequate, though not by me. The important, or perhaps the merely numbing, thing is the matter of sheer volume, and here I yield to no man. Year in and year out, regardless of the world's condition or my own, I thumped away, and the drifting pages were gathered up, numbered, and, after some superﬂuous hocus - pocus known as editing, despatched to the Conde Nast Press in Greenwich, Connecticut, where they were translated to type and eventually distributed to the public as part of a magazine. In my opinion, the selection that follows contains the best of this staggering output, or at any rate the part that pleases me most. I will be grateful, and rather startled, if anyone agrees.
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