Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892–1951, American editor, b. Aspen, Colo. He founded the New Yorker in 1925 and was its influential managing editor until his death. Ross quit school at the age of 14 to work at the Salt Lake City Tribune. During World War I he edited Stars and Stripes in France. From its inception, the New Yorker captured the contemporary scene in features written by such writers as E. B. White, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and Wolcott Gibbs, and in cartoons by Peter Arno and Charles Addams.
See T. Kunkel, ed., Letters from the Editor: The New Yorker's Harold Ross (2000); biography by T. Kunkel (1995); J. Thurber, The Years with Ross (repr. 1982).
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