Friday, September 05, 2008

R.I.P. Robert Giroux

The great book editor and publisher Robert Giroux has died at the age of 94.

He was a contemporary of Thomas Merton at Columbia University and later edited Merton's best-selling early autobiography "The Seven Storey Mountain." In 1998, Giroux wrote the forward to the 50th Anniversary edition of "Mountain."

Giroux was editor-in-chief at Harcourt when the volume was published in 1948. His name was later added to the publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

He also was the publisher of Flannery O'Connor.

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