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Peter Arno [BOOKS] ✬ Peter Arno ✮ Michael Maslin – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 cartoonIn the summer of 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 cartoonIn the summer of 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 publicationsAlongside New Yorker luminaries such as EB 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 Café 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Peter Arno
  • Michael Maslin
  • 28 November 2014
  • 9781942872610

10 thoughts on “Peter Arno

  1. David Macpherson David Macpherson says:

    It just didn't work for me It is the biography of a seminal New Yorker cartoonist who had a crazed life full of fights and drinking and yetthe book was readable but boring I guess the author didn't have a lot of source material to use so what he had he focused on like Arno's fights with the New Yorker to get better ideas for his cartoons and money That seemed like a lot of the book Maslin speaks well about techniue of the cartoons but there isn't a lot of examples of Arno's work in the book which might have helped The book ended with an endless and tedious collection of New Yorker cartoonists writing about what Arno meant to them and to many he didn't mean a lot and they mentioned that I didn't get through all the testimonials I gave up

  2. Jenny Montgomery Jenny Montgomery says:

    Marvelous peek into the world of cartooning at the early New Yorker Written with verve and insight by cartoonist Michael Maslin who is passionate about this chapter in cartooning history Delves into Arno's childhood family dynamics for the roots of his ambition and obsession with party girls and their sugar daddies Repetitive in some sections but moves at a good clip Includes many iconic gags and covers by Arno and others

  3. Dipra Lahiri Dipra Lahiri says:

    Amongst the greatest cartoonists ever made a huge contribution in giving shape to the distinctive art and humor of the New Yorker Lived a rumbustious life too never strayed too far from the bright lights and pretty ladies

  4. David Rickert David Rickert says:


  5. Todd Todd says:

    Review TK but upshot plodding heavy on block uotes either shallow or Arno just isn't that interesting

  6. Matt Matt says:

    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 space with an appendix of various current New Yorker artists writing on how influential or non influential in some instances Arno remainsThose seeking out a fascinating bio on a famous New Yorker artist should seek out the far superior Charles Addams A Cartoonist's Life 2006 by Linda H Davis

  7. Jason Bergman Jason Bergman says:

    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 okayThe 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 are reprinted here but none of his covers And descriptions just don't do Arno's sublime work justice The second problem is that because so much time has passed the sources are for the most part second hand or limited to newspaper articles or whatever correspondence Arno kept with others That gives the whole thing a detached air and while Maslin does a reasonably decent job of stringing together a timeline there are gaps simply because he didn't appear in the papers during that time And Arno's correspondence was largely limited to contract negotiations so there's a great deal about how much money he was asking for but little about what he was actually doing during those times It's entirely possible that Maslin a cartoonist himself just wasn't up to the task of extrapolation needed to make a truly engaging book out of the disparate sources at his fingertips Perhaps someone else will take a crack at itIn the meantime for anyone curious about the art of New Yorker cartooning albeit an entirely different era I would recommend Bob Mankoff's terrific How About Never—Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons over this one

  8. James Crabtree James Crabtree says:

    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 bookAnd 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 with his father his attempts at Broadway shows his wartime work his marriages his finances and his short lived band all make for great material and Maslin pulls it all together to give the reader a feel for the man who didn’t just draw characters he was oneArno's work is in many ways like Chas Addams Not stylistically or in the type of humor rather it is the same in that the TYPE of humor illustrated by each of the two artists became associated with the STYLE of the artist himself Just as Addams' macabre sense of humor can be identified by the type of detailed creepy pen and wash style Arno's lampoons of society are associated with his sharp lines and minimalist backgroundsNaturally illustrated with Arno cartoons and some photographs

  9. Ginni Ginni says:

    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 biographybook 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 descriptions of his art get tedious if someone is that interested why don't they just go look at the actual artwork in one of his many books? and his life simply wasn't that excitingI received this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway

  10. Raymond Raymond says:

    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 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 image in the book This forces the reader at least one as OCD as I am to break and find it online I'd love to have seen this published as of a coffee tableart book Arno's work certainly deserves such treatment

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