The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books (or NYREV or NYRB) is a semi-monthly magazine[2] with articles on literature, culture, economics, science and current affairs. Published in New York City, it is inspired by the idea that the discussion of important books is an indispensable literary activity. Esquire called it ‘the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.’ In 1970 writer Tom Wolfe described it as ‘the chief theoretical organ of Radical Chic’. The Review publishes long-form reviews and essays, often by well-known writers, original poetry, and has letters and personals advertising sections that had attracted critical comment. … The New York Review was founded by Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein, together with publisher A. Whitney Ellsworth and writer Elizabeth Hardwick. … Her essay was an indictment of American book reviews of the time, ‘light, little article[s]’ that she decried as ‘lobotomized’, passionless praise and denounced as ‘blandly, respectfully denying whatever vivacious interest there might be in books or in literary matters generally.’ … The first issue of the Review was published on February 1, 1963 and sold out its printing of 100,000 copies. It prompted nearly 1,000 letters to the editors asking for the Review to continue. The New Yorker called it ‘surely the best first issue of any magazine ever.’ … The Review began regular biweekly publication in November 1963. … Early issues included articles by such writers as Hardwick, Lowell, Jason Epstein, Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Saul Bellow, John Berryman, Truman Capote, Paul Goodman, Lillian Hellman, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Dwight Macdonald, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, Norman Podhoretz, Philip Rahv, Adrienne Rich, Susan Sontag, William Styron, Gore Vidal, Robert Penn Warren and Edmund Wilson. The Review pointedly published interviews with European political dissidents, including Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov and Václav Havel. …”
The New York Review of Books: Issues from 1963
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