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James Atlas

James Atlas (born 1949), Evanston, Illinois the president of Atlas & Company, publishers, and founding editor of the Penguin Lives Series.[1] A Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and onetime contributor to The New Yorker, he was an editor at The New York Times Magazine for many years.[2] He has edited volumes of poetry and has written several novels and two biographies. In 2002, he started Atlas Books, which at one time published two series in conjunction with larger publishers. In 2007, the company was renamed Atlas & Company, to coincide with the launch of its first independent list in the spring of 2008. For an overview of the company and its '09 list, see:

Atlas' work appeared in The New York Times Book Review,[3] The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Harper's,[4] New York Magazine,[5] and Huffington Post.[6]


  • Ten American Poets: An Anthology of Poems, Cheadle: Carcanet Press, 1973
  • Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1977 (nominated for the National Book Award)
  • Bellow: A Biography, New York: Random House and London: Faber, 2000 (He is also the editor of Saul Bellow's collection of novels in Library of America)
  • My Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor's Tale, New York: HarperCollins, 2005 (An adaptation of a series of articles he did for The New Yorker, and The Great Pretender, a semi-autobiographical novel about coming of age in the 1960s. He is a longtime board member of the Harvard Advocate, which has previously published his work.
  • How They See Us: Meditations on America. Atlas. 2009. , regarding some global views of America.  


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  2. ^ World Archipelago. "author-details". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "James Atlas - The New York Review of Books". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "James Atlas". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Learning to Live with Failure in New York City". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Atlas, James. "James Atlas". Huffington Post. 

External links

  • New York Observer article mentions Atlas' postponement of spring 2009 list
  • Publishers Weekly article, "Atlas Books Starts New Line,"
  • Atlas & Co.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

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