Thomas Guinzburg

Publisher + Managing Editor + Founder

Thomas Henry Guinzburg was an American editor and publisher who served as the first managing editor of The Paris Review following its inception in 1953 and later succeeded his father as president of the Viking Press. Guinzburg was born on March 30, 1926, in Manhattan. His father Harold K. Guinzburg, the publisher and co-founder of Viking Press, gave him a manuscript copy of The Story of Ferdinand when he was nine years old.… Read More

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    NYTimes - Dec 02, 2010
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    NYTimes - Sep 23, 2010
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    NYTimes - Sep 14, 2010


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas Guinzburg.


1926 Birth Born in 1926.


1953 27 Years Old He joined with Matthiessen and Plimpton in 1953 to establish The Paris Review, an English-language literary magazine for "the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe grinders. … Read More
1954 28 Years Old He joined the publicity department at Viking Press in 1954 and assumed the position of president after his father's death in 1961.


1956 30 Years Old He was survived by a daughter Kate and a son Michael from his first wife, actress Rita Gam, whom he married in 1956. … Read More


1975 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Viking was purchased by Penguin Books in 1975 for a price estimated at $12 million. … Read More


1977 51 Years Old Onassis left the firm in 1977 after Viking published the Jeffrey Archer book Shall We Tell the President?, a fictional political thriller that depicted an assassination plot against U.S. President Ted Kennedy.Among the many literary prizes awarded to Viking authors during his tenure as President were eight National Book Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, and two Nobel Prizes in literature. … Read More


2010 84 Years Old Guinzburg died in Manhattan at age 84 on September 8, 2010, due to complications of Heart bypass surgery.
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