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Happy Birthday, New York Review

The first issue of the New York Review of Books was published 50 years ago today, with contributions from F.W. Dupee, Robert Lowell, Dwight Macdonald, Mary McCarthy, Philip Rahv, Edgar Z. Friedenberg, John Berryman, Elizabeth Hardwick, Oscar Gass, W.H. Auden, James R. Newman, Nicola Chiaromonte, Lionel Abel, Steven Marcus, Robert Penn Warren, Irving Howe, Susan Sontag, Alfred Kazin, John Maddocks, R.W. Flint, William Meredith, Adrienne Rich, Paul Goodman, Jonathan Miller, Barbara Probst Solomon, Lewis A. Coser, John Hollander, William Phillips, John Thompson, Robert Jay Lifton, Midge Decter, David T. Bazelon, Marius Bewley, Dennis H. Wrong, Norman Mailer, James Ackerman, Richard Poirier, Jason Epstein, Nathan P. Glazer, William Styron and Gore Vidal.

Comments on “Happy Birthday, New York Review”

  1. streetsj says:

    presumably no letters column?

  2. klhoughton says:

    And in an alternative world, the David Jones reviewed by Auden in that issue grows up to perform music and art as well.

  3. Simon Wood says:

    What a clacque, reviewing each other’s work. The only saving grace is Jonathan Miller, rubbishing John Updike.

  4. farthington says:

    I subscribed for decades – discovered in the late 1960s when in graduate school.
    The NYRB graduallly absorbed and reflected the profound disenchantment with the establishment.
    Its then atypical long review essays were perennially masterly, and Levine’s caricatures legendary.
    The letters column in which the cognoscenti went after each other was instructive (now replicated in the LRB).
    But the NYRB has gone off. Provincialism has set in – it’s the American way or the highway.
    The NYRB has been replaced in the firmament by the LRB.
    We look forward (though I’ll be dead) to the LRB’s fiftieth.

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