In February 1963, The New York Review of Books published its first issue, during a printer’s strike that had shut down seven New York City newspapers. Since then its in-depth essays on the arts, literature, politics, science, and history have established it as, in Esquire's phrase, “the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” This special section of our website, devoted to the 50th Anniversary, features talks with longtime contributors, selected reviews from past issues, reminiscences from former staff members, photographs and videos, and documents from the Review archives, as well as an interactive timeline of the Review’s first fifty years. We hope you enjoy this year-long celebration.
My memories of my four years as an editorial assistant at The New York Review in the 1980s now seem indelibly connected to three people I knew well when I was there—David Daniel, Bob Tashman, and Charles Rosen. Each seems connected to a New York City that is quite different from the city of today, each had a tough-minded love of great writing, and each took an enormous delight in antic ironies.
The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series at the New York Public Library, created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, of which he was a founder in 1963. The series features writers and thinkers whose fields correspond to the broad range of Mr. Silvers’s interests in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, and the sciences.