The Harper's magazine editor who was dealt a bad hand
Lee Foster Hartman, editor of Harper's magazine at the time, dropped dead at his New York City apartment while playing cards on this day (September 23) in 1941. Bernard De Voto, who wrote for Hartman, reminisced in the magazine's December 1941 issue that, "He required your best; no one ever had his permission to relax into carelessness or to write trivialities. I have known him to send a knotty job back time after time until it was right, not almost right but altogether so." At his death, Hartman was 61.