The Press: Ken's End

In March 1938 Esquire's smart Publisher David Smart and Editor Arnold Gingrich began to publish the magazine Ken. It was a political chip off Esquire's editorial block. Its editorial program was to tell the "inside story of world events," the inside usually being more dirt on the dictatorships. But it did not go really leftish and its original leftish editorial connections—Jay Cooke Allen (Chicago Tribune'?, foreign correspondent), George Seldes (You Can't Print That!), Ernest Hemingway— gradually drifted away. Editor Gingrich went on publishing sensational "inside" stories, not consistently taking any political side,...

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