Vanity Fair: The Portraits: A Century of Iconic Images - Graydon Carter, David Friend

Spanning the worlds of art, music, sports, cinema, business, and politics, Vanity Fair: The Portraits (Abrams, $65), is an elegant new volume from Grayson Carter and the editors of Vanity Fair.  The photographers here are the finest: Annie Leibovitz, Edward Steichen, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cecil Beaton, and together the 300 images reproduced showcase the best from the last 95 years of Vanity Fair. This gallery of portraits represents a rich cultural history, one in which it is hard to say whether Vanity Fair was creating the famous, or whether the culture of fame was creating Vanity Fair.  For bibliophiles there are stunning images of such literary lions as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Toni Morrison.