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US Esquire Magazine

Man at his best

Esquire appeared, for the first time, in October 1933. Founded and edited by David A. Smart and Arnold Gingrich. It later transformed itself into a more refined periodical with an emphasis on men’s fashion and contributions by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the 1960s, Esquire helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism by publishing such writers as Norman Mailer, Tim O’Brien, John Sack, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and Terry Southern.

David Granger was named editor-in-chief of the magazine in June 1997. Since his arrival, the magazine has received numerous awards, including multiple National Magazine Awards—the industry’s highest honor. Current award winning staff writers include Tom Junod, Scott Raab, Mike Sager, John H. Richardson, Cal Fussman, and Lisa Taddeo.

In October 2008, to commemorate the magazine’s 75th Anniversary, Esquire published a limited edition digital cover that featured electronic ink with moving words and flashing images. The electronic cover was used in only 100,000 copies that went to newsstands — its overall circulation is about 720,000.

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