Harold Ross


Harold Ross in World War I

Anecdote 1...

Ross launched The New Yorker in 1925 on a shoestring budget. The magazine’s finances continued to be very shaky for some time; its equipment and resources were therefore minimal. When Ross asked Dorothy Parker why she had not come in to do a piece she had promised him, she retorted, “Someone else was using the pencil.”


Editing is the same as quarreling with writers — same thing exactly.

~Harold Ross

Anecdote 2...

For years Harold Ross had The New Yorker’s cover-design character, listed in the Manhattan telephone book. He was delighted when the city authorities eventually sent this imaginary figure a personal-property tax bill.
Biographical Note: 

Harold Ross was a U.S. journalist, founder, and for many years editor-in-chief of The New Yorker magazine. Ross was also one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table.