Issue 78, Summer 1980
The Paris Review was founded in the spring of 1952 by two young novelists living in Paris at the time—Harold L. Humes and Peter Matthiessen. Its first (and continuing) editor was George Plimpton who came to the project from postgraduate studies at King&rusquo;s College, Cambridge. William Styron described the purpose of the editors in a credo he wrote to introduce the first issue; “.. .to strive to give predominant space to the fiction and poetry of both established and new writers, rather than to the people who use words like Zeitgeist.” In 1974 the magazine’s base of operations was moved to New York. Many writers have been introduced in the magazine, among them Samuel Beckett, Evan S. Connell, Jr., Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, Hughes Rudd and Terry Southern. The magazine has been particularly noted for its interviews in depth with established authors on the craft of writing—four volumes of which have been published by the Viking I Penguin under the title Writers at Work.