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Robert Gottlieb  

American Writer & Editor, Former Editor-In-Chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker

Robert Adams Gottlieb is an American writer and editor. He has been editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker.

Gottlieb joined Simon & Schuster in 1955 as an editorial assistant to Jack Goodman, the editor-in-chief. Within ten years he himself became the editor-in-chief. At that publisher, Gottlieb's most notable discovery, which he edited, was Catch-22, by the then-unknown Joseph Heller.

In 1968, Gottlieb along with Nina Bourne and Anthony Schulte, moved to Alfred A. Knopf as editor-in-chief; soon after he became president. He left in 1987 to succeed William Shawn as editor of The New Yorker, staying in that position until 1992. After his departure from The New Yorker, Gottlieb returned to Alfred A. Knopf as editor ex officio.

Gottlieb has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and has been the dance critic for The New York Observer since 1999. He is the author of biographies of George Balanchine, Sarah Bernhardt, and the family of Charles Dickens, as well as of a collection of his critical essays. A Certain Style, his lavishly illustrated book about the plastic handbags of which he was a major collector, was published by Alfred A. Knopf. He has edited three major anthologies: "Reading Jazz", "Reading Dance", and (with Robert Kimball) "Reading Lyrics".

Gottlieb's autobiography, Avid Reader: A Life, was published in September 2016.

Gottlieb is widely considered to be one of the greatest editors of the second half of the 20th century.

Gottlieb has edited novels by John Cheever, Doris Lessing, Chaim Potok, Charles Portis, Salman Rushdie, John Gardner, Len Deighton, John le Carré, Ray Bradbury, Elia Kazan, Margaret Drabble, Michael Crichton, Mordecai Richler and Toni Morrison, and non-fiction books by Bill Clinton, Janet Malcolm, Katharine Graham, Nora Ephron, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Tuchman, Jessica Mitford, Robert Caro, Antonia Fraser, Lauren Bacall, Liv Ullman, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bruno Bettelheim, Carl Schorske, and many others.

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