The New York Review of Books Announces its 50th Anniversary:
Since its November 7, 1963 issue—every two weeks for fifty years—The New York Review of Books has continued to discuss central issues of American life and culture. The Review’s probing essays on the arts, fiction, poetry, politics, science, and history have established it as the “preeminent intellectual newspaper” in the English-speaking world, according to The Spectator. The idea of creating a new type of magazine—in which the most interesting minds of our time would discuss current issues and books in depth—was conceived by current editor Roberts Silvers, Barbara Epstein, Jason Epstein, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Hardwick. Robert Silvers continues today as the editor of The New York Review of Books.
Silvers had this to say about The New York Review’s future: “An independent, critical voice on politics, literature, science, and the arts seems as much needed today as it was when Barbara Epstein and I put out the first edition of the New York Review fifty years ago—perhaps even more so. Electronic forms of communication grow rapidly in every field of life but many of their effects on culture remain obscure and in need of new kinds of critical scrutiny. That will be a central concern of the Review for the years to come.”
With a worldwide circulation of over 135,000, The New York Review of Books has established itself, in Esquire’s words, as “the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” The New York Review began during the New York publishing strike of 1963, when its founding editors, Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, and their friends, decided to create a new kind of magazine—one in which the most interesting and qualified minds of our time would discuss current books and issues in depth. Just as importantly, it was determined that the Review should be an independent publication; it began life as an independent editorial voice and it remains independent today.