E.J. Kahn, Jr.

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Born in New York City, Ely Jacques Kahn Jr. (1916-1994) attended the Horace Mann School and Harvard University, where he majored in Latin and Greek, receiving his BA in 1937. Harold Ross hired him as a Talk of the Town reporter at The New Yorker in 1937 when he was still a senior at Harvard. Kahn was drafted and served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945. Over 56 years at The New Yorker, his published work includes 60 profiles, 40 Reporter At Large pieces, 60 war pieces (including accounts of his own service), 27 night-club columns, sports pieces (he covered nine Olympic Games for the magazine) and innumerable unsigned Talk of the Town stories — over three million words in total.

Kahn's long career with the magazine resulted in 27 books on subjects such as Coca-Cola, Lesley J. McNair, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Harvard University, the Korean War,
John Hay Whitney, Herbert Bayard Swope, David Rockefeller, Frank Sinatra, Dwayne O. Andreas of Archer Daniels Midland, Arthur D. Little, South Africa, and the Postal Inspection Service.

Kahn taught writing at Columbia University from 1974 to 1977. His book
The New Yorker and Me is a diary interspersed with memories of his life, the magazine, and its editor William Shawn. His 1987 diary was released as Year of Change: More about the New Yorker and Me.


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