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He was persuaded, and in time his magazine could be proud of having published stories by John O'Hara, Edward Newhouse, Jean Stafford, J. D. Salinger, Peter Taylor, and John Cheever. Ross was fondest of the "casuals" (short pieces of the kind Punch still favors) but some of his idea men sensed that the long piece was wanted, and so, beginning with the "profiles" (a distinctive New Yorker contribution), the long piece was in. The magazine moved with the times. By the end of 1927 Ross had brought into the magazine the four 34 American Humorists assistants who would exert the greatest influence on its early shaping.

The magazine probably failed because it was too critical of the national administration in wartime and made too many enemies for other reasons. Through its early years Puck exhibited a split personality, but this appears to have been a strength rather than a weakness. Founded by a Viennese immigrant, Joseph Keppler, who next to Thomas Nast was the most brilliant political cartoonist of his time, Puck was first published as a German comic weekly. The next year (1877) an English edition, using the same colored lithographs, began its long life.

A History of American Graphic Humor. ; New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1932. 45 W I L L A R D THORP Rickels, Milton. Thomas Bangs Thorpe, Humorist of the Old Southwest. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1962. Rourke, Constance. American Humor: A Study of the National Character. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1931. Seitz, Don C. Artemus Ward. New York: Harper, 1919. Shackford, James A. David Crockett, the Man and the Legend. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1956.

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