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February 1965 issue

February 1965 issue

You can’t judge a magazine by its title — not always.
William Faulkner wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated; James Agee frequently wrote for Fortune.

Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson were regular contributors to Rolling Stone.

And the number of literary giants whose works have appeared in Playboy are staggering.
The list certainly competes with The New Yorker.

Here are just a few of the authors published in Playboy: Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, and Isaac B. Singer.

And lest one thinks only the pens-in-the-hands-of-men wrote for Playboy there’s Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, and Anne Sexton.

Playboy’s literary heyday was the 1950s through the mid-1970s.
You can read about this period from a collector’s perspective at the blog: Inherited Values.
It’s written by Cliff Aliperti.

September 1966 issue

September 1966 issue

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5 Comments

  1. Don DeLong
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I ave been searching for forty years for an article about radical haircuts by Jay Sebring. The article was in a Playboy magizine in the 60′s. If you have any information regarding that article, you will make an old man very happy. Thank you.

  2. Posted June 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Don:

    I don’t have the issue you’re looking for, but I found some information on the 1960s Playboy article you may be looking for. Read on…

    A Short History Of Shaves And Haircuts, by William Iversen

    Playboy: November 1964, page 196
    This 9-page article had to have been inspired by the commotion over male hair caused by the Beatles.

    Being a hair-raising chronicle of perukes, vandykes, mutton chops, beatle cuts, and sundry other hirsute adornments for pate and visage

    If this is the article you’re looking for, then please let us know!

  3. Dick Whetstone
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I am posting this a year + after the previous comments because I have been searching for the same article. It was written by Jay Sebring for Playboy on how and why he styled hair. He talked about giving Steve McQueen his (Jay’s) signature “fox cut” , i.e. an even 2 inches long all over, no layering, no thinning. I have never forgotten the article and have often had my hair cut like that.

  4. Petrus Carter
    Posted May 11, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I’m looking for a two part article about Bruce Lee that was published in Playboy in some moment of the 80′s. Any ideas?

  5. Zak
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Looking for a 1970s article by Dan Greenburg called “Take that you soulless son of a bitch” and can’t find it anywhere.

    Any help gratefully received

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