Press: Resurrecting a Legend

Condé Nast brings back Vanity Fair—but not entirely to life

Among the voluminous ranks of bygone American magazines, few are recalled as wistfully by readers as Vanity Fair, the raffish, snooty cultural monthly that blossomed in the optimism of 1914 and withered in the middle of the Depression in 1936. Vanity Fair never reached more than 99,000 buyers, and it reportedly lost money for Publisher Condé Nast (1873-1942) in all save one of its 22 years. But it featured writing by Thomas Wolfe, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Parker and P.G. Wodehouse and photographs by Edward...

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