Here But Not Here: A Love Story

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Counterpoint, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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In this memoir, a renowned journalist tells the remarkable story of the passionate life she shared for 40 years with William Shawn, legendary editor of The New Yorker. 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.

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User Review  - Anna Paola - Goodreads

Given her background as a writer, I was surprised that this book was not better written. I did, however, find the story interesting because of their situation and because it was a New York story. To ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Non-fiction. Lillian Ross had an affair with William Shawn, Editor of the New Yorker. Even though he was married, they had a place together and also raised a child! He died in 1992. Amazing what a hidden life they led. Reminded me of Spencer Tracy and Hepburn. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Lillian Ross has been writing for "Talk of the Town" for more than forty-five years. She is the author of several books, including "Picture", "Portrait of Hemingway", & "Here but Not Here". She lives in New York City.

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