The other half, editor William Shawn of the New Yorker


We must make a comment about late editor of “The New Yorker”, William Shawn, after he died in his sleep on December 3, 1992. in his apartment on Fifth Avenue and 96th Streets thus making him of the New Yorkers living in rent-controlled pre-War apartments  He and his wife, Cecille had lived there since 1950, and  he had raised his children, sons Wallace and Allen, and his daughter Mary, therein as well.

His health had been frail in recent months, his soft voice had grown softer. Mr. Shawn became editor of “The New Yorker” on January 21, 1952 and was editor until February 13, 1987. He joined the magazine in 1933, at age twenty-six and eight years after the magazines conception, and his influence on it will remain for the duration.

The decades Mr. Shawn was at the magazine saw the likes of writers from A.J. Liebling, John Kersey, Truman Capote to name a few. Mr. Shawn was born on August 31, 1907 in Chicago. After two years at the University of Michigan, he dropped out and traveled everywhere from New Mexico to Paris before coming to New York. He was known for his formal courtly manner, but would relax and become off guard in the company of someone funny….

from the New Yorker Magazine.

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                                                         The Shawn Chart

Mr. Shawn is a typical See-Saw Planetary Type accenting the two parts of his in a very compartmentalized manner.  The outer part, is shown in the Eleventh House, where he was known to his fans and his co-workers as a domineering, but brilliant, editor picking up on his Aquarian Ascendant.  The other ruler is Saturn found in ths Second House, showing how he made his money and reputation through the publishing trade.

The second wing of this butterfly pattern is found in Houses Five through Seven, showing a deft touch at managing originality and changing times — he was editor for 40+ years and his ability to mix obligation to the format and the public’s need for variety very well.  His sixth house has Jupiter therein, not a good placement for such a happy planet, suggesting a tremendous drive at his work culminating in a dominating manner and a workaholic need for perfection.

The Seventh House, working with others, the tip of this wing, and a trine away from the other, does give some clue about his inner-outer struggle.  He was like the Lion polyamorous and he worked best with a queen at his side who shared his passions.  Because of his strong physical needs, we would doubt that despite Ross’s claim to the contrary their fifty years of adulterous bliss, she was not the only conquest.

 

 

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