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Edward Koren (1935-2023)

Edward Benjamin Koren (1935-2023)

Edward Koren was undoubtedly one of the most loved and revered cartoonists in the history of The New Yorker. With his first cartoon appearing in 1962, he produced over one thousand cartoons, illustrations and covers for the magazine. Famous for his wonderfully fuzzy beasts, Koren delighted in making, in his own words, ‘the ordinary and mundane hairy and unshorn’.

Edward Koren was born in New York City on 13 December 1935, the son of Polish-born Harry Koren and his Belorussian wife, Elizabeth Sorkin, both of whom had arrived at Ellis Island as children. As a child, Edward attended the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York, where he first indulged in his love of painting and cartooning, working on the school’s yearbook and literary magazine.

Initially enrolling as a pre-medical as a freshman at Columbia University, Edward Koren quickly found himself focusing on more artistic pursuits, contributing regularly to the Columbia’s humour magazine
The Jester and becoming its editor in his senior year. After graduating in 1957, he was accepted into Yale for an MFA in graphic design but decided to put it off for a year, instead choosing to work at a city-planning firm.

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