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Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, dies at 87

Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, dies at 87

Robert Silvers, the founding editor of the New York Review of Books and a towering patron of intellectual thought who championed writers like Norman Mailer and Joan Didion, has died at the age of 87.

Silvers died Monday at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, the literary publication announced.

Under his guiding editorial hand, the New York Review of Books set a new standard for engaged literary criticism in America. Read far beyond the five boroughs, the New York Review of Books became a place readers could find the work of the era’s most arresting authors — John Updike, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, Charles Simic, William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates, Didion and Mailer among...

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