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Friendships from The Paris Review

August 27, 2010 | by

Here's a short and lovely video for a Friday afternoon. Rose Styron, the wife of the late William Styron, recalls the earlier days of The Paris Review, and the parties that the Styrons used to throw. “We had the John Marquands,” she says, “The Peter Matthiessens, the Tom Guinzburgs, and George Plimpton. We were all a gang, and had a wonderful time.” What a vibrant literary life! And what friendships! Her memories remind me of the touching speech Philip Roth gave at our Revel this year to accept the Hadada Award. Roth describes his first visit to New York to meet Plimpton, and how he made friends with the magazine's young editors and writers. The result? “This time I sent my story not to The Paris Review slush pile, from which I’d been plucked first time around by none other than Rose Styron, but right to the top.”



  1. Alexandra Styron | September 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    In view of his recent passing, which we all mourn, I can’t resist the impulse to correct this very nice post. My mother says, “we had the Tom Guinzburgs” (not Peter Ginsberg). Tom, publisher at Viking and all around great man, deserves the proper citation.

  2. Desmond | December 14, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I’m so jealous. Back in the day when I woekrd for the D.C. Heath and Little Brown College Divisions we had our sales meetings every summer in either Boston or Cape Cod. How I miss escaping the Georgia summer heat for the cool, hint-of-Fall breezes of New England.

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