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Kunkel, Thomas 1955-

Works: 11 works in 68 publications in 3 languages and 3,395 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  History  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Photographer
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Thomas Kunkel
Genius in disguise : Harold Ross of the New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Magazines are about eighty-five percent luck," Harold Ross told George Jean Nathan. "I was about the luckiest son of a bitch alive when I started The New Yorker." Ross was certainly lucky back in 1925, but he was smart, too. When such unknown young talents as E.B. White, James Thurber, Janet Flanner, Helen Hokinson, Wolcott Gibbs, and Peter Arno turned up on his doorstep, he knew exactly what to do with them. So was born what many people consider the most urbane and groundbreaking magazine in history. Thomas Kunkel has written the first comprehensive biography of Harold W. Ross, the high school dropout and Colorado miner's son who somehow blew out of the West to become a seminal figure in American journalism and letters, and a man whose story is as improbable as it is entertaining. The author follows Ross from his trainhopping start as an itinerant newspaperman to his editorship of The Stars and Stripes, to his role in the formation of the Algonquin Round Table, to his audacious and near-disastrous launch of The New Yorker. For nearly twenty-seven years Ross ran the magazine with a firm hand and a sensitivity that his gruff exterior belied. Whether sharpshooting a short story, lecturing Henry Luce, dining with the Duke of Windsor, or playing stud poker with one-armed railroad men in Reno, Nevada, he revealed an irrepressible spirit, an insatiable curiosity, and a bristling intellect - qualities that, not coincidentally, characterized The New Yorker. Ross demanded excellence, venerated talent, and shepherded his contributors with a curmudgeonly pose and an infectious sense of humor. "l am not God," he once informed E.B. White. "The realization of this came slowly and hard some years ago, but l have swallowed it by now. l am merely an angel in the Lord's vineyard." Through the years many have wondered how this unlikely character could ever have conceived such a sophisticated enterprise as The New Yorker. But after reading this rich, enchanting, impeccably researched biography, readers will understand why no one but Ross could have done it
Man in Profile : Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and French and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker was one of the greatest nonfiction writers in American letters. His long-form profiles of the everyday people and places at the margins of the city he loved--high-rise construction workers, Staten Island oystermen, Bowery bums--pioneered a new kind of reportage. In the Thirties, Forties, Fifties, and early Sixties he wrote about some of the most quirky and memorable characters ever captured on the page, culminating in 1964 with his extraordinary story "Joe Gould's Secret." And then ... nothing. For the next thirty years Mitchell came to the office and seemed to be busy with writing projects, but he never published another word. In time he would become less known for his classic stories and elegant writing than for the longest writer's block this side of J.D. Salinger. Fifty years after his last story appeared, and almost two decades after his death, Mitchell still has legions of fans, and his story--especially the mystery of his thirty-year writer's block--continues to fascinate"--
Letters from the editor : the New Yorker's Harold Ross by Harold Wallace Ross( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Harold Ross - the brilliant, spirited, and lovably neurotic founder and longtime editor of the world's greatest magazine, The New Yorker - once warned a writer, "Don't waste your time and words on letters. You don't get paid for them." Fortunately, he didn't take his own advice (he wrote tens of thousands of letters), and so we have this amazing collection, which adds up to a virtual autobiography of Ross and an intimate account of the birth of The New Yorker."--Jacket
Breach of faith : a crisis of coverage in the age of corporate newspapering( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than two years, Gene Roberts led a group of journalists in an unprecedented study of the newspaper industry for the American Journalism Review. Originally published in 2002 and now in paperback, this is the second volume of their findings. The first volume, Leaving Readers Behind, dealt with the current newspaper scene
Leaving readers behind : the age of corporate newspapering by William Cary Sanger( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gene Roberts, legendary reporter and editor, decided to undertake a huge, extended reportorial study of his own industry, what would become the Project on the State of the American Newspaper. Gathering more than two dozen distinguished journalists and writers, Roberts produced a long series of reports in the American Journalism Review, published by the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, asking the crucial question: Are American communities - in the very middle of the so-called information explosion - in danger of becoming less informed than ever?"--BOOK JACKET
Enormous prayers : a journey into the priesthood by Thomas Kunkel( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Kunkel takes the reader along with him on a personal journey through the United States to meet twenty-eight working priests. Through absorbing portraits that enable each Father to speak for himself, a broad painting of a diverse and changing Catholic Church - and even larger mural of contemporary America - emerges. Kunkel's interviews cut across a wide variety of priests, from those who are part of monastic communities to those who are responsible for parishes in impoverished urban neighborhoods
Man in profile : Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel( Recording )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating biography reveals the untold story of the legendary New Yorker profile writer and unravels the mystery behind one of literary history's greatest disappearing acts. Born and raised in North Carolina, Joseph Mitchell was Southern to the core. But from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was the voice of New York City. Readers of the New Yorker cherished his intimate sketches of the people who made the city tick, from Mohawk steelworkers to Staten Island oystermen, from homeless intellectual Joe Gould to Old John McSorley, founder of the city's most famous saloon
Die prognostische Relevanz des Hormonrezeptorstatus beim Mammakarzinom in Abhängigkeit vom Menopausenstatus by Thomas Kunkel( )

3 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Politische Geographie Südbrasiliens im gesamtbrasilianischen Kontext : Ambos, Escher, Sahr - Südbrasilien März/April 2004( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The letters of Harold Ross : a hell of an argument by Harold Wallace Ross( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Handwerk im Rheinland by Klaus W Kuck( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Genius in disguise : Harold Ross of the New Yorker
Letters from the editor : the New Yorker's Harold RossBreach of faith : a crisis of coverage in the age of corporate newspaperingLeaving readers behind : the age of corporate newspaperingEnormous prayers : a journey into the priesthood
Alternative Names
Thomas Kunkel American administrative academic

Thomas Kunkel escritor estauxunidense

English (60)

German (5)

French (3)