Offices of the Cornell Daily Sun

A Literary Walking Tour of Ithaca (Historic Brochure Edition)

Offices of the Cornell Daily Sun

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


Several literary greats got their starts in the Sun newsroom. E.B. White was elected editor-in-chief in his junior year. In a May 1920 editorial, "The King's English," he hinted at the philosophy of language he would later make famous in The Elements of Style, an edited version of grammarian William Strunk Jr.'s privately printed classroom text.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was the Sun's assistant managing editor in 1942, before leaving Cornell and becoming a best-selling novelist. "Was the Sun any good when I was here?" he asked in a 1980 speech in Ithaca saluting the Sun's centennial. "I don't know, and I am afraid to find out. I remember I spelled the first name of Ethel Barrymore 'E-T-H-Y-L' one time -- in a headline."

J. Kirkpatrick Sale, a contemporary of Richard Fariña and now a political and social historian, was editor-in-chief in 1957-58.

This point of interest is part of the tour: A Literary Walking Tour of Ithaca (Historic Brochure Edition)


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