Ted Solotaroff Biography

Theodore "Ted" Solotaroff (October 9, 1928 – August 8, 2008) was an American writer, editor and literary critic.

Born into a working-class Jewish family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Ted Solotaroff attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1952, and did graduate work at the University of Chicago, where he became friends with Philip Roth and dedicated himself to literature. He was an editor at Commentary from 1960 to 1966, then in 1967 founded The New American Review, which was an influential literary journal for the decade of its existence. After it folded, he became an editor at Harper & Row, where he edited Russell Banks, Sue Miller, Robert Bly, Bobbie Ann Mason, and others. "In 1989, when Rupert Murdoch bought Harper & Row, Solotaroff began to do less editing and more writing. He left the book business with a parting shot at what he labeled 'the literary-industrial complex.'"

He died at his home in East Quogue, New York from complications from pneumonia, aged 79.

He was survived by his fourth wife (of 28 years), Virginia Heiserman Solotaroff. Ted Solotaroff is survived by his four sons. He was also survived by a brother, Robert Solotaroff of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His son Paul has published memoirs of his own early adulthood, with attention paid to his relationship with his father. The Body Shop (2010).