Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Receptionist: Janet Groth (GSAS '68, '82) Discusses Her Education at NYU and the New Yorker


In her recent memoir, "The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker," Janet Groth transports us back in time to the New Yorker offices from 1957 to 1978 where she worked as a receptionist on the 18th floor.

Groth's tales are filled with colorful personalities from E.B White (who hired her) to poet John Berryman (who proposed marriage), essayist Joseph Mitchell (who took her to lunch every Friday), and playwright Muriel Spark (who invited her to Christmas dinner in Tuscany), as well as E. J. Kahn, Calvin Trillin, Renata Adler, Peter Devries, Charles Addams, and many others.

Just as the movies once painted a picture of New York City for the young woman from Iowa, now Groth paints us a picture of what it was like as a woman working at The New Yorker during the span of 21 years.

Listen to our interview with Janet Groth with the player below or Download this episode (right click and save)

Click here to purchase a copy of "The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker." Click here for more information on Janet Groth.


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