While S. N. Behrman continued to write plays late in his life, he began in the late Forties to devote less of his energy to the theater and more to non-fiction prose. This shift was in part because the style of "high comedy" he had developed in the Twenties and Thirties had begun to fall out of fashion. But it was also due to the delight he experienced in working collaboratively with two brilliant New Yorker editors, William Shawn and Katharine White. He felt a deep affection for and gratitude to both of them. He believed they had an ability to help him shape his writings into a form that was as good as it could possibly be. And he was very happy when, once the writings were ready, they would appear serially, during successive weeks, in the pages of this fine and unique magazine.

Behrman's writing for The New Yorker included profiles of such notable figures as composer George Gershwin, Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnr, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and entertainer Eddie Cantor, as well as longer pieces which were collected into books on Max Beerbohm and Joseph Duveen. His autobiographical essays later appeared in two volumes, The Worcester Account (1955) and People in a Diary (1972).
 

Troubadour
The New Yorker, May 25, 1929: 27-29.
Accoucheur
The New Yorker, February 6, 1932: 20-24.
Mr. Jaeckel and a Few Hides
The New Yorker, April 9, 1932: 22-25.
"Chutspo"
The New Yorker, December 10, 1932: 23-27.
In Defence of Hollywood
The New Yorker, January 20, 1934: 38-43.
Do or Diaphragm
The New Yorker, May 25, 1935: 22-27.
Hyper or Hypo?
The New Yorker, April 8, 1939: 23-29.
Old Monotonous - I
The New Yorker, June 1, 1940: 33-40.
Old Monotonous - II
The New Yorker, June 8, 1940: 23-36.
The Suspended Drawing Room
The New Yorker, January 27, 1945: 27-37.
The Red and the Blue
The New Yorker, April 21, 1945: 30-45.
Playwright: I - Ah, Budapest!
The New Yorker, May 25, 1946: 28-41.
Playwright: II - The Red Wig
The New Yorker, June 1, 1946: 32-46.
Playwright: III - Scene: A Room at the Plaza
The New Yorker, June 8, 1946: 32-47.
Mr. Lavin, Mr. Lupkin and Dr. Abercrombie
The New Yorker, June 29, 1946: 28-33.
Our Responsive Readers
The New Yorker, August 3, 1946: 63-65.
My Romance with Eleonora Sears
The New Yorker, January 18, 1947: 28-30.
It's Cold at Lady Windermere's
The New Yorker, March 22, 1947: 37-52.
Mr. Wolfson's Stained-Glass Window
The New Yorker, June 28, 1947: 24-28.
Debs and the Day of Atonement
The New Yorker, December 6, 1947: 42-45.
The Improvement in Mr. Gaynor's Technique
The New Yorker, July 17, 1948: 25-29.
The Days of Duveen: I - Itinerary
The New Yorker, September 29, 1951: 33-61.
The Days of Duveen: II - A Beginning in Delft
The New Yorker, October 6, 1951: 41-62.
The Days of Duveen: III - A Brisk Market in Immortality
The New Yorker, October 13, 1951: 41-80.
The Days of Duveen: IV - B. B.
The New Yorker, October 20, 1951: 36-59.
The Days of Duveen: V - The Blue Boy and Two Lavinias
The New Yorker, October 27, 1951: 38-63.
The Days of Duveen: VI - The Silent Men
The New Yorker, November 3, 1951: 40-88.
Malach Hamovis
The New Yorker, January 26, 1952: 21-29.
Daughter of the Ramaz
The New Yorker, November 21, 1953: 45-82.
Double Chocolate With Emma and Sasha
The New Yorker, January 16, 1954: 24-29.
A Little Glass of Warmth
The New Yorker, May 1, 1954: 28-36.
Point of the Needle
The New Yorker, June 5, 1954: 26-34.
The History of the Russian Revolution
The New Yorker, November 24, 1956: 47-51.
Conversation with Max: I - Compare Me
The New Yorker, February 6, 1960: 45-88.
Conversation with Max: II - The Mirror
The New Yorker, February 13, 1960: 40-86.
Conversation with Max: III - On the Terrace!
The New Yorker, February 20, 1960: 50-98.
Conversation with Max: IV - Partito Ma Non Arrivato
The New Yorker, February 27, 1960: 43-99.
Conversation with Max: V - The Menu
The New Yorker, March 5, 1960: 47-119.
Conversation with Max: VI - The Executive Forefinger
The New Yorker, March 12, 1960: 59-108.
Conversation with Max: VII - The Last Civilized Voice
The New Yorker, March 19, 1960: 50-112.
People in a Diary - I
The New Yorker, May 13, 1972: 36-94.
People in a Diary - II
The New Yorker, May 20, 1972: 39-95.
People in a Diary - III
The New Yorker, May 27, 1972: 38-81.


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