Nation & World | Publisher Robert Giroux: the gold standard of literary taste | Seattle Times Newspaper

Nation & World | Publisher Robert Giroux: the gold standard of literary taste | Seattle Times Newspaper:

Robert Giroux, an editor who introduced and nurtured some of the major authors of the 20th century and who rose to join one of the nation’s most distinguished publishing houses as a partner, making it Farrar, Straus & Giroux, died Friday in Tinton Falls, N.J. He was 94. . . .

He was also T.S. Eliot’s U.S. editor and published the U.S. edition of George Orwell’s ‘1984.’

Mr. Giroux introduced a long roster of writers who would achieve fame, publishing first books by, among others, Jean Stafford, Robert Lowell, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O’Connor, Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, William Gaddis, Jack Kerouac and Susan Sontag. He edited Virginia Woolf, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Carl Sandburg, Elizabeth Bishop, Katherine Anne Porter, Walker Percy, Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, Derek Walcott, Louise Bogan and William Golding. . . .

To his lasting chagrin, Mr. Giroux also saw two major works slip from his grasp, J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and Kerouac’s ‘On the Road.’