By Robert Gottlieb
A lively and revealing memoir by means of the main celebrated editor of his time
After modifying The Columbia Review, staging performs at Cambridge, and a stint within the greeting-card division of Macy's, Robert Gottlieb stumbled right into a activity at Simon and Schuster. by the point he left to run Alfred A. Knopf a dozen years later, he used to be the editor in leader, having came across and edited Catch-22 and The American method of Death, between different bestsellers. At Knopf, Gottlieb edited an staggering record of authors, together with Toni Morrison, John Cheever, Doris Lessing, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Graham, Robert Caro, Nora Ephron, and invoice Clinton--not to say Bruno Bettelheim and omit Piggy. In Avid Reader, Gottlieb writes with wit and candor approximately succeeding William Shawn because the editor of The New Yorker, and the demanding situations and satisfactions of working America's preeminent journal. Sixty years after becoming a member of Simon and Schuster, Gottlieb remains to be at it--editing, anthologizing, and, to his shock, writing.
But this account of a lifestyles based upon interpreting is set greater than the arc of a novel career--one that still incorporates a lifelong involvement with the area of dance. it truly is approximately transcendent friendships and collaborations, "elective affinities" and family members, psychoanalysis and Bakelite handbags, the alchemical dating among author and editor, the distinction days of publishing, and--always--the sheer pleasure of work.
Photograph of Bob Gottlieb © by means of Jill Krementz
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