Friday, September 29, 2017

11 Great Authors Who Wrote For Hugh Hefner's Playboy

I was a regular reader of Playboy magazine when I was a teenager in the 1960s.

Yes, I looked at the photos of the women, but I also enjoyed the magazine’s cartoons and jokes, the feature articles, the long-form Q&As, and the fiction.

With the recent death of publisher Hugh Hefner, Ian Youngs at the BBC News looks back at 11 notable authors who wrote for the magazine, which includes Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury and Ian Fleming.

No-one ever really believed any man who used the old excuse for buying Playboy magazine - "for the articles", as opposed to for the photos of nude women.

The nude women were the main attraction.

Yet the magazine does have a long and proud literary tradition, publishing stories by authors like John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Arthur C Clarke, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who has died at the age of 91, once joked with a group of centrefolds at a magazine anniversary party: "Ladies, it's been a wonderful 25 years, and I owe it all to you. Without you, I would have had nothing but a literary magazine."

Former Playboy literary editor Amy Grace Loyd summed up the magazine's formula in 2009: "You've got things drawing a man's eye, then you've got things that are enriching his intellectual and spiritual life."

… Playboy also gave authors an outlet for stories with uncensored, adult and controversial themes, and paid its writers well.

"We were willing to publish things that other people wouldn't publish, and writers were very happy about that," Hefner said. "And very quickly we had the largest circulation in the men's field so we were able to pay more money."

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