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Robert Gottlieb    

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

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

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, and 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" is Gottlieb's lavishly illustrated book about the plastic handbags of which he was a major collector. He edited three major anthologies: "Reading Jazz", "Reading Dance," and "Reading Lyrics".

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

For many years Gottlieb was associated with New York City Ballet, serving as a member of its board of directors.


Robert Gottlieb | The New York Review of Books

Robert Gottlieb has been the Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster and of Knopf, and the Editor of The New Yorker. His most recent book is a collection of ...

Past Master | by Robert Gottlieb | The New York Review of Books

Great historical novels—and there aren't many—generally don't read as if they're historical. You feel, reading them, that you're inside their time and place.

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