Books by Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief at Simon and Schuster, Alfred Knopf and The New Yorker. He has written two successful anthologies for Pantheon: Reading Jazz and (with Robert Kimball) Reading Lyrics, and has edited hundreds of books from Catch-22


NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES...AND OTHERS by Robert Gottlieb
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 12, 2018

"Perspicacious, penetrating, and instructive."
An erudite and opinionated critic offers up a taster of tantalizing essays. Read full book review >
AVID READER by Robert Gottlieb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For lovers of literature and devotees of the New Yorker, this memoir is likely to prove endlessly captivating."
The longtime editor at Simon & Schuster, Knopf, and the New Yorker thankfully breaks his vow to never write a memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A great choice for anyone who has ever wondered what life is like for the families who surround, support and are overshadowed by great historical figures."
A look into the lives of Charles Dickens' family, particularly the children, from former New Yorker and Knopf editor Gottlieb (Lives and Letters, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
GEORGE BALANCHINE by Robert Gottlieb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Livelier and gossipier than Terry Teachout's earnest primer, All the Dances (p. 953), though less explicitly instructive about Balanchine's historic significance. Ballet lovers, of course, will want to read both."
Another brief biography published to coincide with the centennial of the legendary choreographer's birth, gaining color and immediacy from the author's behind-the-scenes knowledge of the New York City Ballet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"One might quibble with some of his choices of specific pieces, and there ought to be more than one entry from Lees, but this is a good introductory collection for the beginning jazz reader, and for the real aficionado, a nice smorgasbord to be dipped into at leisure. (Author tour)"
Jazz, like baseball, is an American cultural phenomenon and, like its sporting counterpart, has inspired a wealth of great writing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Impressive research and a clear message—if somewhat tedious in the telling."
An earnest dissertation on environmentalism as a complex social movement that began in response to industrialization, urbanization, and the closing of the frontier. Read full book review >