Show: The Magazine of the Arts (September 1963) [cover: Lena Horne]

By: (Barrett, Marvin, ed.)

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[nice clean copy, light external wear only, no damage to spine]. (B&W and color photographs, graphics, ads) A mid-run issue publisher Huntington Harford's ambitious attempt at creating a Life-type magazine devoted exclusively to the performing arts, including movies and TV; never a huge success, its initial large-format run lasted from just 1961 until 1965. (For an acerbically hilarious account of its rise and fall, see "Whistling Girl," a 1978 memoir by Helen Lawrenson, who served as the publication's associate editor for much of its run. An equally short-lived resuscitation, from 1970 to 1973, was a lesser publication in every way.) During its brief heyday, though, the magazine made a valiant effort to popularize the arts for a mass audience. The most interesting piece in this particular issue is certainly the cover story, in which Lena Horne presents her "passionate statement of belief in the Negro Revolt." (Although not presented as such, this seems to have been a preview, of sorts, for her 1965 autobiography "Lena" -- which used a slightly different version of the same cover photograph (by Melvin Sokolsky) on its dust jacket.) Other articles of interest here are: a piece by Anthony Sampson of "the long-range effects of the Profumo case," the sex scandal that had recently roiled British politics; "The Real Virginia Woolf," excerpts from the then-forthcoming third volume of Leonard Woolf's memoirs (illustrated with a full-page Man Ray photo of VW); a profile of the great actor Richard Mansfield (1854-1907); Part II of "The Bluebottle," a novel about Soviet life by Valeriy Tarsis (featuring a full-page illustration by Milton Glaser); a photo feature on the production of THE CARDINAL, then shooting in Rome under the direction of Otto Preminger; a photo feature on the documentary film CRISIS, filmed by Drew Associates (on assignment for ABC-TV), covering the standoff between the federal government as Governor George Wallace of Alabama over the admission of two Black students to the University of Alabama; a humorous "Story Hour" feature (somewhat in the vein of "Fractured Fairy Tales"), illustrated by Tomi Ungerer; and a couple of Al Hirschfeld carticatures, of Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, illustrating a one-page feature about some "feud" they were having. And of course, in the magazine's attempt to be maximally arts-inclusive, there are numerous short reviews of current films, TV shows, plays, art exhibits, musical events, and books.

Title: Show: The Magazine of the Arts (September 1963) [cover: Lena Horne]

Author: (Barrett, Marvin, ed.)

Edition: (Vol. III, No. 9)

Location Published: New York, Hartford Publications, Inc.: 1963

Binding: Magazine

Book Condition: Near Fine

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS

Seller ID: 28028

Keywords: collectable magazines virginia woolf robert kennedy john f. kennedy george wallace