Esquire, Inc. Records

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Esquire, Inc. Records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Esquire, Inc. Records collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

Magazine publishing company, principally

Esquire was founded in 1933 by David A. Smart and William H. Weintraub, publishers, and Arnold Gingrich, editor. Advertised as a magazine for men, Esquire published fiction, travel, and fashion news for an affluent audience. The magazine was immediately successful, and Esquire, Inc. expanded into other areas, including publication of Coronet beginning in 1936. Gingrich attracted many of the most prominent authors in America to Esquire, from Hemingway and Fitzgerald in the 1930s to Styron and Mailer in the 1960s.

By the 1960s the magazine had become less fiction-oriented, and published more investigative reporting by such writers as Tom Wolfe and Philip Nobile. In 1977, after Gingrich's death, Esquire, Inc. sold the magazine, and the editorial files were donated to the Michigan Historical Collections.

Please note:

Copyright to the letters written by Arnold Gingrich has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan; copyright to other materials has not been transferred.

Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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