Throughout its first fifty years, The New York Review of Books has asked many questions: What is Art? How Did it Happen? Tennis Anyone? How Dead is Arnold Schoenberg? Aimez-Vous Rousseau? Is There a Marxist in the House? How Smelly Was the Palladian Villa? Do Fish Have Nostrils?
The Irish writer and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who died on August 30 in Dublin, was for the last forty years both a contributor to The New York Review of Books and one of its frequent subjects. We present several reviews of his work here, in his memory.
In a presentation to the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities, editor Robert Silvers spoke about the influence of Edmund Wilson on the Review.
In honor of the birthday of Czesław Miłosz (born in Lithuania on June 30, 1911) we present a selection of his work from the Review’s archives.
To celebrate the anniversary of Ralph Ellison's birth, we present a selection of pieces by him and about his work from the Review’s archives.
On February 5, The New York Review celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with an evening at Town Hall in New York City. Editor Robert Silvers introduced John Banville, Mary Beard, Michael Chabon, Mark Danner, Joan Didion, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Darryl Pinckney, to read from their work and speak about their relationship with the magazine and its influence on their careers.