The Laughing Man

Added January 29, 2016
  • The Laughing Man
  • J.D. Salinger
  • New Yorker Magazine, N.Y. March 19, 1949

the-laughing-man_-new_-yorker-story_ The Laughing Man is another Salinger story which appeared first in the New Yorker, then more famously in his collection Nine Stories.

This New Yorker is the true first printing of the story; a story within a story about the end of youth.

This copy is in good plus condition; the only major flaw being the centre crease on the front cover. As I have mentioned before, this is a very common issue with these magazines that were folded in half for mailing. the-laughing-man_-new_-yorker-front_-cover_

Otherwise, this cover has another much less noticeable fold and some light wear along the spine and at the extremities. The inside is well preserved, with only the slightest toning to the page edges.

In today’s world, you would never see cigarette ads like the ones that are so common on the back covers of these old New Yorkers. Many people collect vintage magazines specifically for their kitschy advertisements for clothes, cars, jewellery, cigarettes and booze.

I could not find an issue of this particular magazine for sale on-line right now, but I would think that in good or better condition you could expect to pay two to three hundred dollars, perhaps more.

the-laughing-man_-new_-yorker-back_-cover_ After Salinger’s death in 2010, the market flooded briefly, with his New Yorkers pushed to all-time high prices. Now though, prices have settled, but nice copies are once again harder to find.

Here is a little secret — they do occasionally appear on eBay, and if you’re lucky you can get them for less money than you might think. A pretty nice edition of the 1955 New Yorker that features Salinger’s classic novella¬†Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters recently sold on eBay for just $37 plus shipping.

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