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August 2005 issue of Esquire

Esquire is a men's magazine by the Hearst Corporation. Founded in 1933, it flourished during the Great Depression under the guidance of founder and editor Arnold Gingrich. Image File history File links Esquiremag. ... Image File history File links Esquiremag. ... This is a list of magazines marketed primarily for men. ... The Hearst Corporation is a large privately-held media conglomerate based in New York City. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Arnold Gingrich (1903-1976), born in Grand Rapids, MI, founded Esquire (magazine) with David Smart (a Chicago publisher) in 1933. ...



Esquire began as a racy publication for men, published by David A. Smart and Arnold Gingrich. [1] [2] It transformed itself into a more refined periodical with an emphasis on men's fashion and contributions by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the 1940s, the popularity of the Vargas Girls provided a circulation boost. In the 1960s, Esquire helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism by publishing such writers as Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, John Sack, Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe. Under Harold Hayes, who ran it from 1961 to 1973, it became as distinctive as its oversized pages. The magazine shrank to the conventional 8½x11 in 1971. David A. Smart (October 1892 – October 15, 1952) with his brother Alfred Smart (1895-1951), were the publishers of Esquire (magazine); and Coronet (magazine). ... Arnold Gingrich (1903-1976), born in Grand Rapids, MI, founded Esquire (magazine) with David Smart (a Chicago publisher) in 1933. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... Alberto Vargas (1896–1982) was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. ... New Journalism was the name given to a style of 1960s and 1970s news writing and journalism which used literary techniques deemed unconventional at the time. ... Norman Mailer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1948 Norman Kingsley Mailer (born January 31, 1923) is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. ... Tim OBrien Tim OBrien (born October 1, 1946) is an American novelist who mainly writes about his experiences in the Vietnam War and the impact the war had on the American soldiers who fought there. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Gay Talese Gay Talese (born February 7, 1932) is an American author. ... For the early 20th century American novelist, see Thomas Wolfe. ... 20/20 is an American television newsmagazine broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. ...

Beginning in the late 1950s, Dorothy Parker wrote book reviews for Esquire, as noted by Daniel Itzkovitz: Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. ...

Parker also produced a great deal of literary criticism, published over many decades in The New Yorker (under the title "Constant Reader") and, from 1958 to 1963, in Esquire. These reviews were often penned with the same unblinking brutality as her earlier drama reviews (of A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner, she said, "Tonstant Weader Fwowed Up"), although as often they were generously sensitive and enthusiastic. [3]

The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 _ January 31, 1956), also known as A. A. Milne, is an English author best known for his books about the talking stuffed bear; Winnie the Pooh and for various childrens poems, some of which also feature Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. ... A 1944 version of The House at Pooh Corner The House at Pooh Corner (1928) is the second volume of stories about Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne. ...


From 1969 to 1976, Gordon Lish served as fiction editor for Esquire and became known as "Captain Fiction" because of the authors whose careers he assisted. Lish helped establish the career of writer Raymond Carver by publishing his short stories in Esquire, often over the objections of Hayes. Lish is noted for encouraging Carver's minimalism and publishing the short stories of Richard Ford. Using the influential publication as a vehicle to introduce new fiction by emerging authors, he promoted the work of such writers as T. Coraghessan Boyle, Barry Hannah, Cynthia Ozick and Reynolds Price. Gordon Jay Lish (born February 11, 1934 in Hewlett, New York) is an American writer. ... Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ... Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features. ... Richard Ford (born February 16, 1944) is an American novelist and short story writer. ... T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. ... Barry Hannah (born 1942) is an American novelist and short story writer. ... Cynthia Ozick (born April 17, 1928, New York City), is an American writer, the daughter of William Ozick and Celia Regelson. ... Reynolds Price Reynolds Price (born February 1, 1933, as Edward Reynolds Price) is a U.S. novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. ...

Other authors appearing in Esquire at that time included William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Murray Kempton, Malcolm Muggeridge, Ron Rosenbaum, Andrew Vachss and Garry Wills. The magazine's policy of nurturing young writing talent continued with Elizabeth Gilbert and others. William F. Buckley may refer to: William Francis Buckley, U.S. Army officer and CIA operative William F. Buckley, Jr. ... Truman Capote (pronounced ) (30 September 1924 – 25 August 1984) was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a non-fiction novel. ... Murray Kempton (b. ... Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge (March 24, 1903–November 14, 1990) was a British journalist, author, satirist, media personality, soldier-spy and Christian scholar. ... Ron Rosenbaum (born on November 27, 1946, New York, New York) is an American journalist and author. ... Andrew Vachss & Honey Pit Bull, courtesy of Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine Andrew Henry Vachss (born 1942) is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths. ... Garry Wills (born May 22, 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an author and historian, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. ... Elizabeth Gilbert (born 1969) is an American novelist, essayist, short story writer, and memoirist. ...

In February 1977, Esquire published "For Rupert - with no promises" as an unsigned work of fiction. This was the first time in Esquire's 44-year history that it did not identify a fiction writer. Readers speculated that it was the work of J. D. Salinger, the reclusive author best known for The Catcher in the Rye. Told in first-person, the story features events and Glass family names from the story "For Esmé with Love and Squalor". Gordon Lish is quoted as saying, "I tried to borrow Salinger's voice and the psychological circumstances of his life, as I imagine them to be now. And I tried to use those things to elaborate on certain circumstances and events in his fiction to deepen them and add complexity." [4] Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature; he has not published any new work since 1965 and has not granted a formal interview since 1980. ... The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. ... For Esmé with Love and Squalor is one of the most well known and most loved stories by J. D. Salinger. ... Gordon Jay Lish (born February 11, 1934 in Hewlett, New York) is an American writer. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The magazine was a canvas for many artists and illustrators like Abner Dean, Santiago Martinez Delgado, George Petty, TY Mahon and John Groth among others. Art directors have included Jean-Paul Goude, Paul Rand, Roger Black and Samuel Antupit; also during the 1960's using the techniques of print advertising, legendary adman George Lois, the youngest inductee into the Art Directors Hall of Fame, designed clever, eye-catching Esquire covers, such as Sonny Liston as Santa Claus and Andy Warhol drowning in a can of soup to illustrate an article on the death of the avant-garde. Lois' covers raised Esquire's circulation in ten years from 500,000 to two million. Abner Dean (1910-1982), born Abner Epstein, was an American cartoonist. ... Master Santiago Martinez Delgado. ... Time magazine cover, 1941-11-10, with portrait of Rita Hayworth by George Petty George Petty (1894-04-27-1975) was an American pin-up artist. ... Jean-Paul Goude (born 1940) is a french graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and advertising film director. ... Paul Rand (born Peretz Rosenbaum, August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) was a well-known American graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs. ... Charles L. Sonny Liston (May 8?, 1932–December 30?, 1970) was a formidable boxer who became world heavyweight champion in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who became a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ...

For many years, Esquire published its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, lampooning events of the preceding year. As a running gag, the annual article almost always displayed an old photo of Richard Nixon laughing, with the caption, "Why is this man laughing?" However, the February 2006 "Dubious Achievement Awards" used the caption under a photo of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official revealed in 2005 to be the "Deep Throat" Watergate source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Esquire did not publish "Dubious Achievement Awards" for 2001 or 2002, but resumed them with the 2003 awards, published in the February 2004 issue. The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... William Mark Felt, Sr. ... Deep Throat is the pseudonym that was given to William Mark Felt, Sr. ... The Watergate building. ... Bob Woodward signs his book State of Denial after a talk in March 2007. ... Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward (right)This image is pending deletion. ...

Current Editors

David Granger - Editor in Chief

Peter Griffin - Deputy Editor

Mark Warren - Executive Editor

Lisa Hintelmann - Editorial Projects Director

Ryan D'Agostino, David Katz, Ross McCammon - Articles Editors

John Kenney - Managing Editor

Tyler Cabot - Associate Editor (fiction)

Richard Dorment - Associate Editor

Tim Heffernan, Buddy Kite, Peter Martin - Assistant Editors

Fran Kessler - Special Assistant to the Editor in Chief

Eric Gillin - Online Editor

Current Writers

Tom Chiarella, Cal Fussman, Chris Jones, Tom Junod, Scott Raab, John H. Richardson, Mike Sager - Writers at Large // Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. ...

Ted Allen, Thomas P.M. Barnett, Andrew Chaikivsky, Stacey Grenrock Woods, Chuck Klosterman, Ken Kurson, Robert Kurson, Andy Langer, Brian Mockehnhaupt, Charles P. Pierce, Daniel Voll, Barry Sonnenfeld - Contributing Editors Thomas P.M. Barnett Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett is a leading American military strategist. ... Stacey Grenrock-Woods (born November 22, 1968 in Los Angeles) is an American comedian and former correspondent on The Daily Show. ... Charles John Chuck Klosterman (born June 5, 1972, in Breckenridge, Minnesota) is an American pop-culture journalist, critic, humorist, and essayist. ... Charles P. Pierce, otherwise known as Charlie Pierce (born December 28, 1953) is an American sportswriter. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ...

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  1. ^ "Arnold Gingrich, 72, Dead; Was a Founder of Esquire", New York Times, July 10, 1976, Saturday. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. “Arnold Gingrich, one of the founders of Esquire magazine in 1933 and its principal guiding light in most of the years since then, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mr. Gingrich, who was given the title of founding editor earlier this year, was 72 years old.” 
  2. ^ "Alfred Smart, Head Of Esquire Magazine.", New York Times, February 5, 1951, Monday. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ Itzkovitz, Daniel. "Dorothy Rothschild Parker (1893-1967)." Jewish Virtual Library
  4. ^ The Wall Street Journal (February 25, 1977).

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See also

This is a list of magazines primarily marketed to heterosexual men. ... Allegra Coleman was a hoax (fictional and imaginary) model invented by writer Martha Sherrill in 1996 in Esquire Magazine and played by model Ali Larter. ... The Sex Pistols by Roberto Parada Roberto Parada (1969 - ) is a freelance illustrator who has been creating paintings for major American magazines for the past 15 years. ...

External links

  • Official website (US)
  • Official website (UK)
  • C|Net News article about the experiment of the Esquire writer in Wikipedia.
  • Esquire marketing trends for 2007.

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