People: Jul. 27, 1987

"He never tires of the great flood of paper rushing in upon him. None of the rest of us can imagine surviving the demands of such a career; Shawn flourishes." So wrote Brendan Gill a decade ago of longtime New Yorker Editor William Shawn, whose endless capacity for work and relentless curiosity helped fashion that magazine into a weekly mine of essay, fiction and humor. But last spring, after serving 35 years as editor, Shawn, 79, was ousted by the magazine's new owner, S.I. Newhouse of Conde Nast. Many thought Shawn's career was over. Not so. At the invitation of President...

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