Thomas Guinzburg
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Bookwoman
NYTimes - almost 6 years
READING JACKIE Her Autobiography in Books By William Kuhn Illustrated. 350 pp. Nan A. Talese / Doubleday. $27.95. JACKIE AS EDITOR The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis By Greg Lawrence Illlustrated. 322 pp. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press. $25.99. Sixteen years after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from non-Hodgkins
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Once an Editor, Now the Subject
NYTimes - about 6 years
IT doesn't really matter whether Serendipity, the restaurant on East 60th Street in Manhattan, was already serving footlong hot dogs in 1975, or its frozen hot chocolate. Neither Nan Talese nor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have ordered them anyway. ''I don't think I noticed what either of us had,'' Ms. Talese, the longtime editor, said there
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Corrections
NYTimes - about 6 years
An obituary on Sept. 10 about Thomas Guinzburg, a former president of Viking Press, using information from the company, misstated the name of the man with whom his father, Harold K. Guinzburg, founded Viking in 1925. He was George S. Oppenheimer, not George S. Oppenheim.
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Corrections
NYTimes - about 6 years
An obituary on Friday about Thomas Guinzburg, an editor and publisher who helped create The Paris Review, misstated the position held by William F. Buckley Jr. at The Yale Daily News when Mr. Guinzburg was managing editor. Mr. Buckley was chairman, not editor.
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Paid Notice: Deaths GUINZBURG, THOMAS
NYTimes - about 6 years
GUINZBURG--Thomas. Adored and beloved father of Kate, Michael, and Amanda Guinzburg. Grandfather of Olivia and Louisa Owen. Longtime companion of Victoria Anstead. Cherished and irreplaceable friend of Rusty Unger and David Burr. His exceptional generosity, fierce loyalty, abiding integrity and inimitable humor made him a true hero to all whose
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Thomas Guinzburg, 84, Paris Review Co-Founder, Dies
NYTimes - about 6 years
Thomas Guinzburg, an editor and publisher who helped create The Paris Review, the enduring lion of American literary magazines, and who later became president of Viking Press, the publishing house founded by his father, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84. The cause was complications of heart bypass surgery, his former wife Rusty Unger said.
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Corlies Smith, Editor of All-Star Authors, Is Dead at 75
NYTimes - about 12 years
Corlies Smith, a New York book editor who in a 50-year career published an all-star list of writers, from Muriel Spark and Jimmy Breslin to William Trevor and Calvin Trillin, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 75. The cause was emphysema, said his wife, Sheila. Mr. Smith, who was known as Cork, was one of the last of a breed. When he first went to
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A Plimpton Bash, With the Usual Fireworks
NYTimes - about 13 years
When George Plimpton, who died on Sept. 26 at age 76, wasn't giving parties, he was going to them -- four and five a night sometimes. His tall, beaky presence and booming Brahmin voice enlivened every gathering. So to honor him last night, his many colleagues and admirers, who make up an enormous slice of literary New York, did the obvious: they
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DEATH OF A FIRST LADY; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Dies of Cancer at 64
NYTimes - over 22 years
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the widow of President John F. Kennedy and of the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, died of a form of cancer of the lymphatic system yesterday at her apartment in New York City. She was 64 years old. Mrs. Onassis, who had enjoyed robust good health nearly all her life, began being treated for non-Hodgkin's
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Judges in Turner Award Dispute Merits of Novel Given a $500,000 Prize
NYTimes - over 25 years
A dispute broke out yesterday among the judges of the Turner Tomorrow Award over whether the first-place winner, a novel by Daniel Quinn titled "Ishmael," was worth the $500,000 top prize. The futuristic novel is about philosophical discussions between a man and a great ape. "It was the best of the 12 manuscripts we were asked to judge," said
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Turner Broadcasting Considering Publishing
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: The Turner Broadcasting System is considering starting a book publishing operation, possibly with one or more foreign partners. It is also looking into establishing a prize for works of fiction about the environment, according to Turner executives in Atlanta. The Turner Broadcasting System is considering starting a book publishing operation,
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UPPER EAST SIDE: SPHERES OF INFLUENCE AND AFFLUENCE; In the Realm of the Privileged
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: EDWARD LEE CAVE is standing along the great green mall at Park Avenue and 72d Street at dusk, watching the lights go on in the apartment houses where he sells multimillion-dollar co-ops and condos. ''When you think of New York,'' he says, ''the movers and shakers, most of them live within five blocks or so of this spot. EDWARD LEE CAVE is
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NEW YORK DAY BY DAY
NYTimes - about 33 years
Of Cooks, Books and Cash One hundred, count 'em, dinner parties will be given on Dec. 6 by well- (and lesser-) known New Yorkers, to benefit the New York Public Library. And this week, several hosts found themselves gently one-upping each other at the same gatherings: ''We are a hot ticket,'' declared Calvin Trillin, the writer and connoisseur of
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1926
Born in 1926.
1953
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.
So long as they're good" that is known for its author interviews about their writing craft and for helping launch the careers of such authors as T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jack Kerouac, V. S. Naipaul, Adrienne Rich, Philip Roth and Mona Simpson. Guinzburg was chosen as the Paris Reviews first managing editor, as he was the only one with and prior publishing experience, building on his time at the Yale Daily News. Editor Robert B. Silvers of The New York Review of Books cited Guinzburg's "marvelous combination of idealist and realist" in which "He was always encouraging The Review not to be deterred from discovering young writers of quality" while always maintaining "a grasp of the really rough details of commercial publishing."
1954
He joined the publicity department at Viking Press in 1954 and assumed the position of president after his father's death in 1961.
1956
He was survived by a daughter Kate and a son Michael from his first wife, actress Rita Gam, whom he married in 1956.
He was also survived by a daughter, Amanda Guinzburg, from his second marriage to Rusty Unger, as well as by two granddaughters.
1975
Viking was purchased by Penguin Books in 1975 for a price estimated at $12 million.
Guinzburg retained his title as president at the combined firm Viking/Penguin.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who he hired as an editor in 1975, joined other notable editors he brought to Viking, including Aaron Asher, Elisabeth Sifton and Corlies Smith.
1977
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.
Guinzburg published books by Saul Bellow, Kingsley Amis, Rebecca West, Nadine Gordimer, Graham Greene, Wallace Stegner, John Ashberry, Arthur Miller, Hannah Arendt, Malcolm Cowley, Jimmy Breslin, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Iris Murdoch and John Steinbeck who was the Best Man at his wedding to Rusty Unger. He published Gravity's Rainbow, the 1973 book by Thomas Pynchon, which won the National Book Award the following year. As a now infamous stunt, Guinzburg had Professor Irwin Corey accept the award on Pynchon's behalf, delivering a hilarious stream-of-consciousness speech in which he referred to the author as "Richard Python". Guinzburg was an active philanthropist, sponsoring and working intensively with an inner city high school class as part of Eugene Lang's I Have a Dream Foundation and founding The Dream Team of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. which fulfills wishes of adult cancer patients.
2010
Guinzburg died in Manhattan at age 84 on September 8, 2010, due to complications of Heart bypass surgery.
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