"Dazzling, well-illustrated . . . Arno's story is told with skill and flair."
— Peter Torquette, The Christian Science Monitor
"Maslin, himself a longtime contributor of cartoons to the magazine . . . writes . . . enthusiastically . . . about the workings of a magazine that is . . . a critically important cultural institution."
"Who better to tell the story of the legendary New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno than another legendary New Yorker cartoonist Michael Maslin? And what a delight to discover that Maslin's gift for writing equals his talent for drawing. From start to finish, this is book is masterful and unforgettable."
—Andy Borowitz, New York Times-bestselling author and New Yorker columnist
"Maslin's riveting biography is—surprisingly—the first on the rakish genius, who arguably shaped the look of the weekly magazine . . . Maslin fills the book with insights into the cartoonist's life and art."
“Peter Arno was one of the greatest artists in the history of The New Yorker. He was a master draftsman, a bon vivant, and a witty, observant chronicler of his era: the 1930s New York world of sugar daddies, bejeweled grande dames, young beauties on the make, fashionable people, drunken aristocrats, and artists. Maslin’s wonderful and deeply researched biography of this complicated, gifted man is absorbing and enlightening.”
—Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
“For decades, astonishingly little was known about the life of Peter Arno, The New Yorker’s premier cartoonist. Happily, Michael Maslin has filled this gap. He has given us a gold mine of material, conveyed with the insight and sure touch of a skilled biographer. Those who have enjoyed Arno’s clubmen and flappers, his rakes and the Whoops Sisters, will love this all-revealing study. Fans of The New Yorker in general will, too. I was delighted and enlightened from start to finish.”
—Thomas Vinciguerra, author of Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker
"In this comprehensive biography, Maslin . . . captures the spirit of Arno’s life and achievements."
—Donna Marie Smith, Library Journal Reviews
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book — it's fascinating . . . A beautifully written account."
— Joe Donahue
"A meticulously researched account."
— Richard Gehr, The Comics Journal