The 12 Best New Yorker Cartoons on Writing and Literature

The 10 Best New Yorker Magazine Cartoons on Writing and Literature12 of the Best Cartoons from the Best Literary Magazine Ever

The New Yorker Magazine has been publishing reportage, fiction, satire, poetry and current events since 1925, and over the past 90 years has become an American icon and beacon for new writing, ground-breaking editorial and reporting, and timely satire. The magazine has launched the careers of countless writers and published contributions from the likes of Roald Dahl, Joan Didion, Margaret Atwood, E. L. Doctorow, Chang-Rae Lee, Phillip Roth, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and Sylvia Plath.

Based in New York, the magazine’s reviews and event listings usually focus on the cultural life of its home city, but The New Yorker has a broad audience outside of New York. Over its nearly 100 year history it has become perhaps best known for its illustrated and often humorous covers, its commentaries on American pop culture, and the single-panel cartoons that are included in each issue. Reading the New Yorker cartoons and sometimes trying to figure out what they mean is a ritual that many fans of the magazine begin with: before reading the content, true fans go through an entire issue to look at the cartoons.

New Yorker Magazine’s Best Cartoons on Writing, Books and Reading

Below are 12 of the best-ever New Yorker cartoons on reading, writing, literature and on books. If you have trouble figuring any of them out, don’t be shy about saying so in the comments section – deciphering the meaning of New Yorker cartoons is best done with help from others!  For more great New Yorker cartoons, see the links to the New Yorker Magazine cartoons books, at the bottom of the page.

New Yorker Cartoon on Writing Kanin

New Yorker Cartoon about Writers by Barsotti

New Yorker Cartoon on Books Twohy

New Yorker Cartoon on Books Crawford

New Yorker Cartoon on publishing Sipress

New Yorker Cartoon Sartre Cookbook Chast

New Yorker Cartoon on Book Promotion Leo Cullum

New Yorker Cartoon on Self-Publishing by Mick Stevens

New Yorker Cartoon Writers Block by Henry Martin

New Yorker Cartoon book signing by Donnelly

New Yorker Cartoon Sky Writers Block by Matthew Diffee

New Yorker Cartoon Charles Dickens Publisher by Handelsman

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7 thoughts on “The 12 Best New Yorker Cartoons on Writing and Literature

  1. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    “Make up your mind, Charles Dickens!” said the editor. “Was it the best of times or the worst of times? It can’t possibly have been both…”
    Hats off to the New Yorker for this mini collection of cartoons on writing and literature…always looked forward to my copy when I lived in Manhattan.


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