Free Esquire Magazine Autumn 1933

You get to access not just the first free Esquire magazine 1933, but all the past issues until Year 2000.

This post is about the premier issue from the Esquire 1930s archive.

In total it has seventy-three (73) issues; from the first issue Autumn 1933 to December 1939.

The up-and-coming Free Esquire Magazine Digital Archive which I am setting up is similar to Esquire Classic collection, but here every issue is FREE to read.

You do not have to sign up for a subscription to enjoy unlimited access to the FREE magazines online.

Before you read the first issue of The Esquire Autumn 1933, let me share with you some stories and information related to some of its content.

In addition, I also included links to more free stuff, which you don’t get from The Esquire website.

Free Esquire Magazine 1933

Free Esquire Magazine 1933

This very first issue (Autumn 1933) is titled “Esquire: The Quarterly For Men” which cost merely fifty cents back then.

According to its founding editor Arnold Gingrich, Esquire aims to become the common denominator of masculine interests.

Edward Arthur Wilson

The cover artwork of this premier issue is by the Glasgow-born illustrator Edward Arthur Wilson.

edward arthur wilson esquire artwork

Edward Wilson was not only known for his illustrations, he was equally gifted lithographer, and painter.

Besides doing illustrations for magazines, advertisements, postage stamps, and war posters Mr. Wilson illustrated more than seventy books.

Arthur Wilson robinson crusoe

Many of them are classics stories, including Robinson Crusoe (above), Treasure Island, Around the World In 80 Days, Jane Eyre, The Last Of The Mohicans, The Pirate’s Treasure, and The Man Without A Country.

You can view more of his artwork here.


Note: By the way, do not be confused with the other Edward Arthur Wilson, who is also known as Brother XII (Brother Twelve).

edward arthur wilson cult

He was a notorious cult leader of Canada in the late 1920s.


In this issue, you find interesting articles by writers, like Ernest Hemingway, cultural critic Gilbert Vivian Seldes, Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize and American amateur golfer Bobby Jones.

For fiction fans, this first issue of Esquire magazine published works by renowned authors, that include Erskine Caldwell, Dashiell Hammett, John Dos Passos, British writer of sea stories, William McFee and many others.

You also find poetry, sports, fashion, humor, cartoons, illustrations and amazing photographic works of Gilbert Seehausen and Paul Trebilcock.

Erskine Caldwell Free Stories, Novels & Movies

In this free Esquire magazine 1933, there is an interesting story by Erskine Caldwell, titled “August Afternoon“.

It highlights the cowardice of the character named Vic Glover; who dare not stand up for himself, even when a man hits on his coquettish wife.

Back in December 2007 Esquire site republished “August Afternoon” in honor of Caldwell’s birthday (December 17).

By the way, this same short story was also republished in November 1954 Playboy Magazine.

This short story is included in “The Complete Stories of Erskine Caldwell” and “The Stories Of Erskine Caldwell“.

Erskine Caldwell story esquire magazine

His books have been made into three movies and three plays.

Here are two Erskine Caldwell free novels which you might like to read them.

God’s Little Acre
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4

Tobacco Road
Click on any of these: Link 1, Link 2

Free Movies Based On Erskine Caldwell’s Books

Here are three free movies you can watch online right away.

Tobacco Road

Watch this free 1941 black & white movie here.

God’s Little Acre

free movie God's Little Acre

Watch this free 1958 American comedy-drama film here.

Claudelle Inglish

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Watch this free 1961 American film directed by Gordon Douglas here.

Erskine Caldwell’s books sold more than eighty million copies in nearly forty different languages.

Caldwell’s stories depict brutally realistic life of the rural Southerners.

To know more about the controversial writer Erskine Caldwell, read this free book available from Internet Archive.

The People’s Writer: Erskine Caldwell And The South by Wayne Mixon
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Ernest Hemingway Cuban Letter Esquire

From this issue, you will find the essay by Hemingway “Marlin Off The Morrow: A Cuban Letter“.

This is the basis for the story of the main character, Santiago, in Hemingway’s 1952 novella, “The Old Man and the Sea“.

You can view the original 6 pages of typed manuscript by “Papa” Hemingway, together with black and white photographs over here.

His other Esquire’s article about fishing is also said to be the idea behind his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Old Man and the Sea” is “On The Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter” (April 1936)

free The Old Man And The Sea Hemingway

Read the free “The Old Man And The Sea”
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Life Of Jules Pascin

If you are into visual art, then you might like to check out this article by Sam Ostrowsky, titled “Prodigal Son of Paris“.

It is about the life of the Bulgarian-born American artist Jules Pascin, aka “Prince of Montparnasse“.

jules pascin artist

Jules Pascin is known for his delicately toned, thinly painted women in casual poses.

On the eve of his prestigious solo show, Pascin slit his wrists and hanged himself in his studio in Montmartre.

You can view some of his paintings over here.

If you want to view more works by this “Bad Boy” of art, check out this free book “Pascin“.

Dashiell Hammett Short Story

Check out the thrilling story “Albert Pastor At Home” by American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, Dashiell Hammett.

dashiell hammett esquire fictions

Albert Pastor is an ex-heavyweight boxer who goes after the three criminals who beat up and extorted his father.

esquire magazine fiction

Albert Pastor At Home” is among the four stories in the “Nightmare Town” published by Dell books in 1948.

This is a sneak peek into this first copy of The Esquire magazine 1933.

There are still lots of great content in this Autumn issue.

You can download the free Esquire magazine 1933 from either of the two links below.

Esquire Magazine Autumn 1933
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Note: For Link 3, read “How To Read Esquire Classic Free Without An Account 2022” to find out how to access each individual page.


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