By Robert Gottlieb
A lively and revealing memoir through the main celebrated editor of his time
After enhancing 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 was once the editor in leader, having came across and edited Catch-22 and The American means of Death, between different bestsellers. At Knopf, Gottlieb edited an miraculous 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 continues to be at it--editing, anthologizing, and, to his shock, writing.
But this account of a lifestyles based upon interpreting is ready greater than the arc of a unique career--one that still incorporates a lifelong involvement with the area of dance. it is approximately transcendent friendships and collaborations, "elective affinities" and family members, psychoanalysis and Bakelite handbags, the alchemical courting among author and editor, the honour days of publishing, and--always--the sheer pleasure of work.
Photograph of Bob Gottlieb © by way of Jill Krementz
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A lively and revealing memoir through the main celebrated editor of his timeAfter enhancing The Columbia assessment, 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 was once the editor in leader, having came upon and edited Catch-22 and the yank means of dying, between different bestsellers.
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When he asked us to vote in class on which we preferred, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, I was offended at being used as a sociological guinea pig and mortified because in my certainty there was no choice—Emily was so clearly the only Brontë. ’” I did? I guess so, if John says I did. Among Trilling’s prize students just before my day had been Allen Ginsberg, Norman Podhoretz, and Jason Epstein. Jason and I got to know each other years later when I was at Knopf and he was running Random House, Knopf’s sister publishing house, and we’ve had a collegial relationship ever since, not, however, based on college.
R. Leavis were my touchstones, and his magazine Scrutiny my bible. I felt that the graying Trilling wasn’t really interested in undergraduates, that his prime concern was with his postgraduate seminars with their historical/sociological emphasis. When he asked us to vote in class on which we preferred, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, I was offended at being used as a sociological guinea pig and mortified because in my certainty there was no choice—Emily was so clearly the only Brontë. ’” I did?
I hated Latin because I hated the Latin teacher, and I got straight A’s in physics and chemistry, subjects in which I had no interest and of which I had no understanding, by memorizing the textbook the night before big tests. Twenty-four hours later I had forgotten everything I had memorized, but I had learned how to take tests. If I did any sports, I don’t remember them. , for decades chorus master at Tanglewood. ” Although I loved music, I was too ignorant or too self-absorbed to notice the distinction Mr.
Avid Reader: A Life by Robert Gottlieb