"LETTER from LONDON": MOLLIE PANTER-DOWNES BRINGS WORLD WAR to the NEW YORKER

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Abstract

This article argues that, through her regular "Letter from London"column, British writer Mollie Panter-Downes was a key fgure in transforming "The New Yorker"from a humorous weekly into a serious venue for literature and political content after World War II. This transformation, moreover, involved a recasting of individual experience in terms of global realities. Total war necessitated language and style that would make vast, seemingly incomprehensible events meaningful, but not overwhelming, to the individual subject. Drawing on material from the New Yorker records at the New York Public Library, I show how Panter-Downes's literary journalistic aesthetic facilitated this sea-change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-177
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Modern Periodical Studies
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Intermodern documentary
  • Middlebrow
  • Mollie Panter-Downes
  • The New Yorker
  • World War II

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