NEW YORK (AP) Robert Giroux, a distinguished giant of 20th century publishing who guided and supported dozens of great writers from T.S. Eliot and Jack Kerouac to Bernard Malamud and Susan Sontag, died in his sleep early Friday morning. He was 94.
Giroux, who helped create one of the most notable publishing houses Farrar, Straus & Giroux had been in failing health for a couple of months and died at an assisted living facility in Tinton Falls, N.J., said Jeff Seroy, a Farrar, Straus spokesman.
Known throughout the industry for his taste and discretion, he began in 1940 as an editor at Harcourt, Brace & Co. and had so great a reputation that when he left in 1955 to join what was then Farrar, Straus, more than a dozen writers joined him, including Flannery O'Connor, Malamud and Eliot, a close friend.
"(W)hen I faced a difficult decision about my own career, his support and encouragement saw me through a crisis," Giroux later said of the poet.