Assignment 1 Draft

Judging by the black and white photograph of the assignment and did a little bit more research, the article most likely took place during the 1930s. Names that are mentioned include Alexander Woollcott, Wolcott Gibbs, Jack Humphrey, Harold Ross, Katherine White and St. Clair McKelway. A quick search of those people on the internet confirms that these people are real. What they all have in common is that these people work together on a magazine business known as The New Yorker, and it’s known for news (obviously), satire, criticism, etc. Alexander Woollcott is apparently the Stephen Glass of his time, as he wrote stories full of slander during his year working at The New Yorker magazine. Alexander works with the people mentioned in the article and Harold Hoss was one of the people who started The New Yorker and also an editor. Harold Hoss was one of the members of the Algonquin Round Table, a table which consists of critics, writers, and other people of fame such as actors. These group of people meet each other at the Algonquin Hotel during lunch, hence the Algonquin name. Alexander Woollcott once knew about this group. He even wrote an article about it but he refuse to include one of the members of said group in his article, thus annoying said member. Alexander Woollcott was described as foul mouthed by his co-workers and cynical in his work. They also called him an “dishonest Abe Lincoln”, which could be foreshadowing because of his attitude and his dishonesty in his papers. The book titled The Years With Ross consists of the harsh times with Woollcott and what the people in The New Yorker have to live in. It’s obvious that The New Yorker editors have to edit Woollcott’s work such as Shouts and Murmurs, and according to the article, it is implied thatWoollcott did little to no research because he hated it. The editor is Wolcott Gibbs and he has to skim through every word of Alexander’s articles just to see if there any errors or by fact checking. As expected, the article that Alexander wrote is full of baloney and the team have to work on the article until there is no bologna left to make it readable. Not only Alexander Woollcott worked for The New Yorker back in the 1930s, but he also worked for The New York Times, worked on morale boosting newspapers called Stars and Stripes during World War 1, The New York Times again, and the New York Herald. Alexander Woollcott being a cynical critic, he is prohibited in reviewing Broadway Theater shows because of Woollcott’s harsh attitude. Despite Alexander Woollcott’s volatile behavior or recent incidents that involve the fact checking of his article, Woollcott gets to stay in The New Yorker company until he passes away but however comes with a price. Harold Ross kicks Alexander Woollcott out of the apartment that he shared with. Once that is done, Woollcott moves to a hotel, then to another apartment. Harold Ross works for The New Yorker magazine company and he, like Alexander Ross, also work for the morale boosting newspapers Stars and Stripes although he became an editor for the papers during World War 1. Harold then work in The New Yorker maagazines after World War 1 and he too became an editor. As expected when he works with Alexander Woollcott, Harold Hoss has to work as an editor to omit unnecessary content in the art and the articles itself because of Alexander’s attitude. With Alexander’s own though in the articles, Harold Ross has to bear with a rough and messy content and read every single word of it and omit everything that is deemed unnecessary for the readers. Harold Ross has edited thousands of magazines issues during his time in The New Yorker during his year with Woollcott. Harold Ross was also a fact checker, as stated in a passage in the book The Years With Ross. Ross himself have to skim through an article, written by Woollcott and to clarify if everything in the article is legit. Alexander Woollcott’s article is on Jack Humphrey and the Seeing Eye. Jack Humphrey is a chief instructor of a dog school. The dogs are trained to be service pets for the blind and acts like a guide, acting like a seeing eye. It gave rose to the Seeing Eye organization and helps countless of the blind to travel on foot without human guidance across the United States. This was the article that Alexander Woollcott messed up on. Everyone at The New Yorker including Harold Ross was appalled by this and fixed the article as soon as possible. With all of those pain that Harold Ross have to endure and inflicted by Woollcott because of the articles full of unnecessary garbage, he and The New Yorker will gradually become famous. St. Clair McKelway is a staff of The New Yorker and he works as an editor. Not only he works for The New Yorker, he also previously work in two other magazine companies with the name New York in it such as New York World and New York Herald Tribune (which Alexander Woollcott) also once worked in. During his time in The New Yorker, he is a contributing editor and is responsible for editing one of these gritty papers, most likely written by Woollcott. Then there is Wolcott Gibbs, and because of the name resemblance of Wolcott’s name and Alexander’s last name, people confuse the two of them and made false assumptions (Wolcott is two letters away from Woollcott, an “L” and an “O”). Like Woollcott, he also works in The New Yorker Magazine and considers Woollcott to be a dreadful writer. As a result to Woollcott’s grit, Wolcott develops an intense dislike towards him. He also edits Woollcott’s articles as an editor. Katherine White is an editor for The New Yorker magazine and featured in the book A Year With Ross, and inspects Alexander’s articles with the other staff at The New Yorker too.


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