Robert B. Silvers

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Robert B. Silvers
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Silvers at the National Book Critics Circle Awards in March 2012
Robert Benjamin Silvers

(1929-12-31)December 31, 1929
DiedMarch 20, 2017(2017-03-20) (aged 87)[1]
EducationUniversity of Chicago, 1947
Notable work
The New York Review of Books

Robert Benjamin Silvers (December 31, 1929 – March 20, 2017) was an American editor and essayist. He served as editor of The New York Review of Books from 1963 to 2017. Silvers was co-editor of the Review with Barbara Epstein for over 40 years until her death in 2006 and was the sole editor of the magazine after that until his own death.[2]

Among other honors, he was a Chevalier of the French Légion d’honneur and a member of the French Ordre National du Mérite.

Silvers also edited or co-edited several essay anthologies, including Writing in America (1960); A Middle East Reader: Selected Essays on the Middle East (1991); The First Anthology: Thirty Years of the New York Review (1993); Hidden Histories of Science (1995); India: A Mosaic (2000); Doing It: Five Performing Arts (2001); The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin (2001); Striking Terror (2002); The Company They Kept (vol. 1, 2006; vol. 2, 2011); The Consequences to Come: American Power After Bush (2008); and The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage (2013).[3]

Silvers died on March 20, 2017 at his home in New York City from complications of pneumonia, aged 87.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Italie, Hillel. "Robert Silvers, edited New York Review of Books, dead at 87", ABC News, March 20, 2017
  2. Marino, Philip. "Book Smart", The University of Chicago Magazine, University of Chicago, May–June 2012, accessed June 25, 2014
  3. Books published by the NY Review; and "The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage", Publishers Weekly, February 4, 2103