Books: New Yorker Midwife

ROSS, THE NEW YORKER AND ME by Jane Grant. 271 pages. Reynal. $5.95.

The mere thought of writing a book on a subject that the late James Thurber tackled should produce writer's block in any author now living. Thurber's The Years with Ross was an epitaph that the volatile and volubly profane founder and editor of The New Yorker would himself have pronounced definitive. Jane Grant has one advantage, and only one, that Thurber lacked: she was Ross's first wife (of three) and helped him start The New Yorker. In fact, she says openly what...

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