André Schiffrin dies

André Schiffrin dies

Former Pantheon m.d. and New Press founder André Schiffrin has died.

Schiffrin passed away on Sunday (1st December) in Paris.

According to the New York Times, his daughter Natalia confirmed that the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

The son of a Paris publisher who fled Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, Schiffrin joined Random House imprint Pantheon in 1962, becoming managing director seven years later, and championing the work of writers including Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Simone de Beauvoir, Noam Chomsky and R D Laing.

Following his controversial departure in 1990, Schiffrin founded non-profit publisher New Press alongside Diane Wachtell, and was its editor-in-chief for more than a decade. He remained editor at large for New Press until his death.

His own books included the polemical memoir, The Business of Books: How International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read (Verso).

Since 2005, Schriffin divided his time between Manhattan and Paris.

A full obituary will run in a future issue of The Bookseller.