Robert B. Silvers


Robert B. Silvers is editor of The New York Review of Books. Prior to joining the Review, Mr. Silvers was, from 1959 to 1963, associate editor of Harper’s magazine, editor of the book Writing in America and translator of La Gangrène. Before that, Mr. Silvers lived in Paris for six years (1952 to 1958), where he served with the U.S. Army at SHAPE Headquarters and attended the Sorbonne and École des Sciences Politiques. He joined the editorial board of The Paris Review in 1954 and became Paris editor in 1956. He also worked as press secretary to Governor Chester Bowles in 1950. Mr. Silvers, who graduated from the University of Chicago in 1947, was born in Mineola, New York.

Books
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    The New York Review Abroad

    Fifty years of the best international reportage published in The New York Review of Books. Includes entries from Susan Sontag, Alma Guillermoprieto, Mark Danner, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and others. Each essay includes a prologue by Ian Buruma that provides context and brings the story into the present day.

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    The Company They Kept, Volume Two

    A collection of twenty-seven accounts of friendships between some of the greatest artists and thinkers of our day. Among them are Isaiah Berlin on Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova, Hector Bianciotti on the death of Borges, Bruce Chatwin on a drunken evening with George Ortiz, Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale on riding the subway with George Balanchine, Gore Vidal on Dawn Powell, and John Updike on Saul Steinberg.

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    The Company They Kept

    Now in paperback. Our most remarkable writers share what has influenced them the most: each other. “These wonderful reminiscences will renew readers’ appreciation for those unpredictable joys shared between all close friends.” —Booklist

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    The Consequences to Come

    This collection of essays from The New York Review of Books looks back at the legacy of Bush, Cheney, and Rove, and ahead to the challenges and opportunities that will face America during the next administration. Contributors include Mark Danner, Joan Didion, Jonathan Freedland, Peter Galbraith, Joseph Lelyveld, Jonathan Raban, Frank Rich, Arthur Schlesinger Jr, and Michael Tomasky.

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    The Company They Kept

    Our most remarkable writers share what has influenced them the most: each other.

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    Five Performing Arts

    In these essays, five of our most accomplished artists and critics explore questions of technique and interpretation in the performing arts.

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    Hidden Histories of Science

    These essays demonstrate that science is, in the words of Oliver Sacks, “a human enterprise through and through, an organic, evolving, human growth, with sudden spurts and arrests, and strange deviations, too.”

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    The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin

    The papers given at the New York Institute for the Humanities conference collected in this volume concentrate on three aspects of Berlin’s concept of pluralism.

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    Striking Terror

    A collection of pieces by some of The New York Review of Books most distinguished writers on America’s new war against terror.

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    India

    In this collection, distinguished writers from East and West bring their distinctive perspectives to Indian history, politics and literature.

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    Doing It

    In these essays, five of our most accomplished artists and critics explore questions of technique and interpretation in the performing arts.

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    India

    Nine essays on India, all originally published in The New York Review of Books.

  • The Company They Kept, Two Volume Set

    Each volume collects twenty-seven accounts by New York Review writers of unforgettable friendships. The set is a perfect gift for a favorite friend.