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Here But Not Here

My Life with William Shawn and The New Yorker

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March 13, 2001 | Paperback | 5.75 x 9.5, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781582431109
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"Ross succeeds best in giving us a glimpse of Shawn's private, romantic ideals of both his work and his affair with her ('Our time together defied death,' he told her)." —Publishers Weekly

In this fascinating memoir, a renowned journalist tells the remarkable story of the passionate life she shared for forty years with William Shawn, legendary editor of the The New Yorker. Shawn was married, yet Ross and Shawn created a home together a dozen blocks south of the Shawn’s apartment, raised a child, and lived with discretion. Their lives intertwined from the 1950s until Shawn’s death in 1992. Ross describes how they met and the intense connection between them; how Shawn worked with the best writers of the period; how, to escape their developing liaison, Ross moved to Hollywood, only to return to New York and to the relationship. The book is a gem, an exquisitely told real-life story more potent than fiction.

LILLIAN ROSS, long a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of eleven books, including Portrait of Hemingway, Vertical and Horizontal, Reporting, The Player, and Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism. She lives in New York City.

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“Ross succeeds best in giving us a glimpse of Shawn’s private, romantic ideals of both his work and his affair with her (‘Our time together defied death,’ he told her).” —Publishers Weekly

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