It was with sadness that I read about the passing of editor Robert Giroux at the age of 94.
Giroux was the Giroux in the publishing house of Farrar Straus Giroux.
Here is an obit from the New York Times.
Consider this one sentence from his company’s tribute to him:
“Mr. Giroux’s authors included Hannah Arendt, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Paul Horgan, Jack Kerouac, Madeleine L’Engle, Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, George Orwell, Xavier Rynne, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Derek Walcott, and Edmund Wilson.”
Now that’s just amazing. As a fellow who studied and admired Berryman and Percy in college, those names alone impressed me.
Thanks for some fine reading, Mr. Giroux.