issue; Letters, Notebook, Harper's Index, Readings, Essay, Annotation, Report, Story, Miscellany, Review, Acrostic, and Puzzle. Notebook is an editorial by Lapham. Harper's Index measures the state of the nation by listing suggestive statistics such as the percentage of Americans who believe that hard work is the way to get rich. Readings is a section of long quotations from miscellaneous sources on any topic, for example, literature, religion, and politics. Essay is a long in-depth article on a serious social, economic, or political subject. Annotation takes a sample page of some document such as the Pentagon budget or the Nielsen ratings and explains the text in a mixture of sincerity and satire. The explanations are grouped in several distinct paragraphs around the text. Report is a medium-length article describing the author's personal experience in a place of current interest such as Guatemala or Ethiopia. It is an innovative format designed to appeal to people who have less time for reading than their parents did.
Harper's has managed to survive one civil war, five foreign wars, two bankruptcies, three publishers, radio, and television, and has one of the liveliest formats of any periodical in the information age. It is an unusual achievement for a magazine to last so long and still be viable today. At the age of 138, Harper's is an American institution.
Allen, Frederick L. "One Hundred Years of Harper's." Harper's Magazine, October 1950, p. 23.
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Publication information: Book title: American Mass-Market Magazines. Contributors: Alan Nourie - Editor, Barbara Nourie - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 151.