By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, peculiar McIntyre accomplished nice popularity and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately ny, he recorded what was once taking place behind the scenes and backstage with pop culture within the urban and around the globe.
He was once shut acquaintances with the various best personalities of the day, together with writers Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; entertainers Fred Astaire, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Billie Burke, and Will Rogers; composers George Gershwin and Meredith Willson; actors Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin and so on.
With the aid of his spouse, Maybelle, atypical triumphed over a debilitating psychological disorder and years failure to turn into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He used to be there because the telegraph replaced the scoop enterprise, after which as radio replaced every thing. He lined dwell leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to whatever new and fascinating on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photographs developed from nickelodeons, to silent motion pictures, and at last to talkies.
Buried below a century of switch, what ordinary wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless offers a different glimpse into essentially the most interesting sessions in American pop culture.
“His maximum stock-in-trade used to be his incarnate rapture on the glories of a brand new York recognizable to none yet himself. To him the towers of new york have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The big apple instances, 1938
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