O'Hara's Ranking

The New Yorker's Top 7
In a new column on New Yorker fiction, past and present, writer and editor Benjamin Chambers reports:
A couple of weeks ago, I rashly declared that John Updike had to be the record-holder when it came to publishing the most short stories in The New Yorker.

Should've known better than to venture so boldly into speculation: as it happens, The New Yorker's librarians, Jon Michaud and Erin Overbey, covered this for Emdashes a while back in "Ask the Librarians," and it turns out that James Thurber and S.J. Perelman are the neck-and-neck front-runners by far. Despite his prodigious output, Updike isn't even in the top three—he comes in sixth.
Here's the librarians' list. Each author is followed by the number of short stories he published in The New Yorker during his career (or to date):

1. James Thurber 273
2. S.J. Perelman 272
3. John O'Hara 227
4. Frank Sullivan 192
5. E.B. White 183
6. John Updike168

Submitted by Richard Rabicoff

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