Rebecca Mead has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1997. She is the author of One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding. Her piece on George Eliot and "Middlemarch" appeared in the magazine’s Anniversary Issue and is the basis of her forthcoming book.
Rebecca Mead has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1997. She is the author of "One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding" and a forthcoming book about George Eliot and "Middlemarch."
Rebecca Mead, staff writer for The New Yorker, examines the George Eliot-attributed quote, "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Disagreeing with the quotation, Mead notes that doors closed behind her as she entered middle age. "Recognizing that it was too late to be some of the things I might have been," says Mead, "seemed part of what it was to grow older and wiser."
U.S. weekly magazine, famous for its varied literary fare and humour. It was founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, who was its editor until 1951. Initially focused on New York City's amusements and social and cultural life, it gradually acquired a broader scope, encompassing literature, current affairs, and other topics. Aimed at a sophisticated, liberal audience, it became renowned for its short fiction, cartoons, major (occasionally book-length) nonfiction pieces, and detailed reviews in the arts. It was sold in 1985 to Samuel I. Newhouse, Jr. (seeNewhouse family). Since Ross, its editors have been William Shawn (195287), Robert Gottlieb (198792), Tina Brown (199298), and David Remnick (from 1998).