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Esquire Magazine

Esquire
Sean Penn
Editor in Chief David M. Granger
Categories Men's
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
(June 2012)
721,399[1]
First issue October 1933
Company Hearst Magazines
Country United States
Language English
Website
ISSN 0014-0791

Esquire is a men's magazine, published in the U.S. by the Hearst Corporation. Founded in 1932, it flourished during the Great Depression under the guidance of founders Arnold Gingrich, David A. Smart and Henry L. Jackson.[2]

History

Esquire appeared, for the first time, in October 1933 to "to become the common denominator of masculine interests—to be all things to all men."[3] Founded and edited by David A. Smart,[4] William H. Weintraub [5] and Arnold Gingrich.[2] Together, these men formed Esquire- Coronet, Inc. [6] Arnold Gingrich, one of the founders of Esquire magazine in 1933 and its principal guiding light in most of the years since then, died of cancer on July 9, 1976 at his home in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mr. Gingrich, who was given the title of founding editor earlier this year, was 72 years old. |work=New York Times |date=July 10, 1976, Saturday |accessdate=2007-07-21 }}[4] Esquire started as a quarterly press run of a hundred thousand copies. It cost fifty cents per copy. [7] It later transformed itself into a more refined periodical with an emphasis on men's fashion and contributions by Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alberto Moravia, André Gide and Julian Huxley. In the 1940s, the popularity of the Petty Girls and Vargas Girls provided a circulation boost. In the 1960s, Esquire helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism by publishing such writers as Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, John Sack, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and Terry Southern. In August 1969, Esquire published Normand Poirier's piece, An American Atrocity, one of the first reports of American atrocities committed against Vietnamese civilians.[8] Under Harold Hayes, who ran it from 1961 to 1973, it became as distinctive as its oversized pages.[9] The magazine shrank to the conventional 8½x11 inches in 1971. The magazine was sold by the original owners to Clay Felker in 1977, who sold it to the 13-30 Corporation, a Tennessee publisher, two years later. During this time, New York Woman magazine was launched as something of a spinoff version of Esquire aimed at female audience. 13-30 split up in 1986, and Esquire was sold to Hearst at the end of the year, with New York Woman going its separate way to American Express Publishing.

David M. Granger was named editor-in-chief of the magazine in June 1997. Since his arrival, the magazine has received numerous awards, including multiple National Magazine Awards — the industry’s highest honor. Prior to becoming editor-in-chief at Esquire, Granger was the executive editor at GQ for nearly six years. Current award winning staff writers include Tom Chiarella, Scott Raab, Mike Sager, Chris Jones, John H. Richardson, Cal Fussman, Lisa Taddeo and Tom Junod.

Esquire on the Web

The Daily Endorsement Blog

In January 2009 Esquire launched a new blog — the Daily Endorsement Blog. Each morning the editors of the magazine recommend one thing for readers’ immediate enjoyment: “not a political candidate or position or party, but a breakthrough idea or product or Web site.”[10] The concept for this blog probably emerged from the November 2008 “Endorsement Issue,” in which, after 75 years, Esquire publicly endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time.[11] The Daily Endorsement Blog was officially discontinued on April 2011.

Fiction

From 1969 to 1976, Gordon Lish served as fiction editor for Esquire and became known as "Captain Fiction" because of the authors whose careers he assisted. Lish helped establish the career of writer Raymond Carver by publishing his short stories in Esquire, often over the objections of Hayes.[12] Lish is noted for encouraging Carver's minimalism and publishing the short stories of Richard Ford. Using the influential publication as a vehicle to introduce new fiction by emerging authors, he promoted the work of such writers as T. Coraghessan Boyle, Barry Hannah, Cynthia Ozick and Reynolds Price.

In February 1977, Esquire published "For Rupert – with no promises" as an unsigned work of fiction: this was the first time it had published a work without identifying the author. Readers speculated that it was the work of J. D. Salinger, the reclusive author best known for The Catcher in the Rye. Told in first-person, the story features events and Glass family names from the story "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor". Gordon Lish is quoted as saying, "I tried to borrow Salinger's voice and the psychological circumstances of his life, as I imagine them to be now. And I tried to use those things to elaborate on certain circumstances and events in his fiction to deepen them and add complexity."[13]

Other authors appearing in Esquire at that time included William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Murray Kempton, Malcolm Muggeridge, Ron Rosenbaum, Andrew Vachss and Garry Wills.

The magazine's policy of nurturing young writing talent has continued with Elizabeth Gilbert, who debuted in Esquire in 1993, and more recently, with the work of such writers as Chris Adrian, Nathan Englander, Benjamin Percy, and Patrick Somerville. Other writers who have recently appeared in the magazine and on Esquire.com include Ralph Lombreglia, James Lee Burke, and Stephen King.[14]

The Napkin Fiction Project

In 2007 Esquire launched the Napkin Fiction Project, in which 250 cocktail napkins were mailed to writers all over the country by the incoming fiction editor, in a playful attempt to revive short fiction — "some with a half dozen books to their name, others just finishing their first."[15] In return, the magazine received nearly a hundred stories. Rick Moody, Jonathan Ames, Bret Anthony Johnston, Joshua Ferris, Yiyun Li, Aimee Bender, and ZZ Packer are among the notable writers included.

Dubious Achievement Awards

For many years, Esquire has published its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, lampooning events of the preceding year. As a running gag, the annual article almost always displayed an old photo of Richard Nixon laughing, with the caption, "Why is this man laughing?" However, the February 2006 "Dubious Achievement Awards" used the caption under a photo of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official revealed in 2005 to be the "Deep Throat" Watergate source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The magazine did continue the Nixon photo in February 2007, referring to a poll stating that George W. Bush had surpassed Nixon as the "worst president ever". Another running gag has been headlining one especially egregious achievement, "And then they went to Elaine's." (Elaine's was a popular restaurant in New York City. It closed May, 2011.)

Esquire did not publish "Dubious Achievement Awards" for 2001 or 2002, but resumed them with the 2003 awards, published in the February 2004 issue.

"Dubious Achievement Awards" were permanently discontinued in 2008, according to an editor's note in the January 2008 issue.[16][17]

Sexiest Woman Alive

The annual feature Sexiest Woman Alive designation by the magazine is billed as a benchmark of female attractiveness.

Originally, it was a part of the "Women We Love" issue that was released in November. To build interest, the magazine would do a tease, releasing images of the woman's body parts in the issues preceding the November issue. By 2007, it had become the dominating story of the issue and to create an element of surprise the hints were abandoned.

Year Choice Age Notes
2005 United States Jessica Biel[18] 23 First winner; First American winner[19][20]
2006 United States Scarlett Johansson[21] 21 Youngest winner
2007 South Africa Charlize Theron[22] 32 First African winner
2008 United States Halle Berry[23] 42 Oldest winner
2009 England Kate Beckinsale 36 First European winner
2010 United States Minka Kelly 30
2011 Barbados Rihanna 23 First Caribbean winner
2012 United States Mila Kunis[24] 29
2013 United States Scarlett Johansson[25] 28 First woman to win twice.

Awards and honors

2000-present

National Magazine Awards[26]

2011

  • In March, Esquire won a National Magazine Award for Digital Media - the first Mobile Edition prize - from the American Society of Magazine Editors.[27]

2009

  • Winner for Personal Service, Feature Writing, and Leisure Interests
  • Finalist for Profile Writing

2008

  • Finalist for Magazine Se

International editions

  • China[28]
  • Colombia (since 2012)
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • El Salvador (since 2009)
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan (launched 1987, published by Esquire Magazine Japan Co., Ltd.)
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia (launched April 2011)
  • Mexico
  • The Middle East (launched November 2009)
  • Netherlands
  • Philippines (launched October 2011, published by Summit Media)[29]
  • Republic of China
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia (since 2013, published by Attica Media Serbia)
  • Singapore (launched September 2012)
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine (launched March 2012)
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam (launched April 2013)

Notable people on the cover

See also

References

External links

  • Official website (US)
  • Official website (UK)
  • writer in World Heritage Encyclopedia
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