Here But Not Here

My Life with William Shawn and the New Yorker

By Lillian Ross
(Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9781582431109, 256pp.)

Publication Date: April 2001

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"An enduring love, 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".

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 the best writers of the period; how, to escape their developing liaison, Ross moved to Hollywood -- only to return to New York and to the relationship. The book is a gem, an exquisitely told real-life story more potent than fiction.

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