A Life of Privilege, Mostly (Hardcover)

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Gardner Botsford's passing in the fall of 2004 was marked by a wonderful obituary in the New Yorker.
The obituary writer mentioned that when Mr. Botsford was greeted with
"how are you" the reply was always "never better". Fascinated by this
darling fellow, I called the publishers and got a copy of his memoir
published in 2003. Gardner Botsford's life, while not one of ease, was
memorable. "Whether he's scrambling up a cliff at Omaha Beach, noting
the 'pansies and cornflowers' between Harpo Marx's toes, or considering
William Shawn's offer to succeed him at the New Yorker, Gardner
Botsford's vigorous and charming High American prose never flags. If we
cannot all live such an interesting life, at least we have the pleasure
of reading one."

— Julie


Gardner Botsford tells the fascinating and humorous story of his W.W. II experiences, from his assignment to the infantry due to a paperwork error to a fearful trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary, to landing under heavy fire on Omaha Beach and the Liberation of Paris. After the war, he began a distinguished literary career as a long-time editor at the New Yorker, and chronicles the magazine’s rise and influence on postwar American culture with wit and grace.

About the Author

Born in 1917, Gardner Botsford was a distinguished editor at "The New Yorker" from the late 1940s, following his military service in W.W. II, until his retirement in 1982.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312303433
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 2003
Pages: 272

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