Gordon Lish

Gordon Lish, born in 1934 in Hewlett, New York, is the author of numerous works of fiction, which together with his activities as a teacher and editor have placed him at the forefront of the American literary scene. Fiction editor at Esquire magazine from 1969 to 1976, in 1977 he became an editor at Knopf, where he worked until 1995.

Among the writers he is credited with championing are Harold Brodkey, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, David Leavitt, Gary Lutz, Cynthia Ozick, Christine Schutt, and Lily Tuck. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984), and in the same year won the O. Henry Award for his story “For Jeromé—with Love and Kisses,” a parody of J. D. Salinger’s story, “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor.” Among his seven novels are Dear Mr. Capote (1983) and Peru (1986).

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