Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist

Peter Arno The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker s Greatest Cartoonist The incredible wild life of Peter Arno the fabled cartoonist whose racy satire and bold visuals became the unforgiving mirror of his times and the foundation of the New Yorker cartoon In the summer

  • Title: Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist
  • Author: Michael Maslin
  • ISBN: 9781942872610
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The incredible, wild life of Peter Arno, the fabled cartoonist whose racy satire and bold visuals became the unforgiving mirror of his times and the foundation of the New Yorker cartoon.In the summer of 1925, The New Yorker was struggling to survive its first year in print They took a chance on a young, indecorous cartoonist who was about to give up his career as an artisThe incredible, wild life of Peter Arno, the fabled cartoonist whose racy satire and bold visuals became the unforgiving mirror of his times and the foundation of the New Yorker cartoon.In the summer of 1925, The New Yorker was struggling to survive its first year in print They took a chance on a young, indecorous cartoonist who was about to give up his career as an artist His name was Peter Arno, and his witty social commentary, blush inducing content, and compositional mastery brought a cosmopolitan edge to the magazine s pages a vitality that would soon cement The New Yorker as one of the world s most celebrated publications.Alongside New Yorker luminaries such as E.B White, James Thurber, and founding editor Harold Ross, Arno is one of the select few who made the magazine the cultural touchstone it is today In this intimate biography of one of The New Yorker s first geniuses, Michael Maslin dives into Arno s rocky relationship with the magazine, his fiery marriage to the columnist Lois Long, and his tabloid cover altercations involving pistols, fists, and barely legal debutantes Maslin invites us inside the Roaring Twenties cultural swirl known as Caf Society, in which Arno was an insider and observant outsider, both fascinated and repulsed by America s swelling concept of celebrity Through a nuanced constellation of Arno s most defining experiences and escapades that inspired his work in the pages of The New Yorker, Maslin explores the formative years of the publication and its iconic cartoon tradition In tandem, he traces the shifting gradations of Arno s brushstrokes and characters over the decades all in light of the cultural upheavals that informed Arno s sardonic humor In this first ever portrait of America s seminal cartoonist, we finally come eye to eye with the irreverent spirit at the core of the New Yorker cartoon a genre in itself and leave with no doubt as to how and why this genre came to be embraced by the masses as a timeless reflection of ourselves.

    One thought on “Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist”

    1. Milky, unfulfilling bio of the iconic New Yorker cartoonist and man-about-town. Maslin chronicles Arno's life as if filling out a grocery shopping list, dutifully noting how many covers and cartoons he did during each year, and so forth. Not much depth. Despite Arno remaining an interesting character, the author manages to find the most bland, ill-fitting ways of describing his life. He also spend a lot of space describing art which isn't reproduced in the book. This slim volume wastes more spac [...]

    2. Peter Arno was (and likely will always be remembered as) the greatest cartoonist ever to appear in The New Yorker. He was also, hard as it is to comprehend now, a major celebrity, appearing in society pages and gossip columns. A character like that would seem to lend itself to a pretty great biography, but alas, this one is just okay.The first problem is one that any biography of a visual artist is going to encounter- there just isn't enough art here. For whatever reason, some of his cartoons ar [...]

    3. Anyone who has looked at collections of the New Yorker’s cartoons (at least those dated from the 1920s to the 1960s) has seen Arno’s work. His cartoons are simple, yet bold, and are daring without being shocking. Of the artist himself I knew nothing until I read Maslin’s book.And I am glad I did. Maslin’s writing is excellent, studying as it does both Arno’s artistic career and his personal life. Separately they’d be interesting, together they’re fascinating. Arno’s relationship [...]

    4. Overall this is a solid book. It's well-researched and mostly well-written. There's a stretch near the end where things get a bit repetitive that an editor should've worked out with the author. Maslin studied Arno's life and work fully and is a professional peer (albeit in a different era) of the subject. I would give the book another star if there were more illustrations. It's a bit annoying when he launches into a discussion of a particular cartoon or cover and there is no reproduction of said [...]

    5. Books like this are always tricky to rate. Like, as biographies of this particular cartoonist go, this is pretty exhaustive? I guess? But just as a biography/book in general, it's not super-interesting. The most interesting parts are the general looks at the period, the world of socialites and early cartoons where the guy who came up with the idea and the guy who drew it were separate. Arno himself was definitely a character, by all accounts, and was undeniably talented, but the written descript [...]

    6. I have to say I personally found this person very dull. Though Arno had a fun life, it wasn't an interesting one. He just partied and drew. It was most interesting to here about his conflicts with the New Yorker, and about the history of the art department. His life of mindless fun then somewhat solitude would've been completely ignored had he not been such a great artist. It was intriguing, yet disappointing that Arno didn't write his own jokes.

    7. Here is a rare opportunity to step back in time to the start of The New Yorker Magazine and follow it's lead artist through his career. This is a great in depth look at a cartoonist and artist who defined a generation and made headlines with his life style which was the embodiment of the Jazz Age. Maslin does a superb job of bringing Arno to life and giving us insight to a bygone era.

    8. This was a well written biography of the man (Peter Arno), full of photos spanning decades. I especially enjoyed all the examples of the cartoonist's work that were sprinkled throughout the bookis was a giveaway

    9. The hstory of two icons (Peter Arno and The New Yorker) combining sophisticated forces. I enjoyed the rideenjoyed

    10. This is for cartoon aficionados and New Yorker buffs. I had no complaints about it, just that, in the long run, Arno was a bit shallow, in the proto-Mad Men school.

    11. I won this in a giveaway.This was OK but it seemed to bog down in minutia that was not really needed. I found myself bored at times.

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