Here but Not Here

Here but Not Here

Book - 1998
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In this fascinating and beautiful memoir, the renowned New Yorker writer Lillian Ross tells a remarkable love story of the passionate life she shared for forty years with William Shawn, The New Yorker's famous editor. "All enduring love between two people, however startling or unconventional, feels unalterable, predestined, compelling, and intrinsically normal to the couple immersed in it, so I would have to say that I had an intrinsically normal life for over four decades with William Shawn. . . . I have a lasting sense of the normalcy of it all.  It was a normalcy that Bill Shawn was able to create for himself and for me against all normal odds." Shawn was married, yet Ross and Shawn created a home together a dozen blocks south of the Shawns' 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 some of the best writers of the period; how, to escape their developing liaison, Ross moved to Hollywood, and there wrote the famous pieces that became Picture, the classic story of the making of a movie--John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage--only to return to New York and to the relationship. The love of Shawn and Ross for each other made it impossible for them ever to part.   ---- This book is a gem, an exquisitely told real-life story more potent than fiction.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1998
ISBN: 9780375501197
0375501193
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm

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Mardian Aug 27, 2015

Unbelievable.
When someone describes someone else in a way that is too good to be true, you can bet he is (toooo good).
I wish that I had someone to make me sound THIS good after I died.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

Ross writes about her many years at the New Yorker and her passionate life as the "second wife" of editor Wiliam Shawn, giving insights into the early magazine, its high standards and eccentric personalities. She has been criticized by some of her peers and reviewers for writing this book. Is there another side to this story?

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