“The New Yorker will be a reflection in word and picture of metropolitan life. It will be human. Its general tenor will be one of gaiety, wit and satire, but it will be more than a jester. It will be not what is commonly called sophisticated, in that it will assume a reasonable degree of enlightenment on the part of its readers. It will hate bunk.”
This is the way Harold Ross described The New Yorker in an investor’s prospectus in 1925. Now in its ninetieth year, the magazine has become an American cultural landmark. Known for its acute fact-checking, literary clarity, and unique narrative-driven journalism, its writers and contributors have produced some of the most significant contributions to American letters in the modern era. Here are a few of our favorite books by The New Yorker staff, past and present.