During William Whitworth's twenty-year tenure
as editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Monthly, he established a
reputation for timeliness, quality, and range which has made The
Atlantic Monthly one of the most influential and well-read magazines in
In presenting Whitworth with the 1993 National Magazine Award for General
Excellence, the judges said The Atlantic Monthly "offers the best in
analysis, fiction, and reporting . . . . In an age of specialization The
Atlantic Monthly covers science, literature, the arts, and national and
international affairs . . . . The magazine holds all this together by a
respect for language, reasonableness and careful thought, graphic
elegance, and a capacity to surprise and entertain . . . . The writing is
audacious . . . . Our screeners pay it the highest compliment of all: 'The
Atlantic Monthly is a must-read. . . .' "
In recent years article subjects have ranged from the new
intellectuals to the crisis of public order, from the debate over immigration
to the rise of the Internet, from chain saws to bow ties. This generous scope
follows in The Atlantic Monthly's tradition as a wide-ranging
general-interest magazine. The Atlantic Monthly is now 140 years old, and Whitworth was the eleventh editor-in-chief.
Whitworth grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 1960 to 1963 he was a
general-assignment reporter at The Arkansas Gazette. For the next two
years he was a reporter at The New York Herald Tribune, where he shared
feature-writing duties with Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and Charles Portis;
he also covered city and national politics and traveled extensively to
cover the beginnings of the student anti-war movement. In 1966 Whitworth
joined The New Yorker as a staff writer. In 1973 he gave up writing, for
the most part, and became an associate editor of The New Yorker, editing a
large share of the magazine's main nonfiction pieces. Whitworth arrived at
The Atlantic Monthly in 1980.
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