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The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

Janet Groth Paperback, 229 pages; 2013 (2012)
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Talk about fortuitous: In 1957, recent college grad Janet Groth earned a job interview at The New Yorker after her former boss went fishing with E.B. White. So began a remarkable twenty-one-year stint as a receptionist at the famed magazine, where the "corn-fed girl from Iowa" lunched with Joseph Mitchell, answered fan mail for Muriel Spark, house-sat for Calvin Trillin, had an ill-fated love affair with a New Yorker cartoonist, weathered a cocktail-party putdown from Dorothy Parker, and generally rubbed shoulders with (and, yes, corralled office supplies for) some of the most influential writers and artists of the mid-twentieth century. Along the way she earned a master's degree and a Ph.D., but no classroom could match the education she gleaned from observing the lives, loves, and careers of The New Yorker's eccentric contributors. Fascinating! (KG)

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