This issue does not pretend to cover all the books of the season or even all the important ones. Neither time nor space, however, have been spent on books which are trivial in their intentions or venal in their effects, except occasionally to reduce a temporarily inflated reputation, or to call attention to a fraud.

A note by Editor Robert Silver from the first issue of the New York Review of Books, February 1, 1963.

On the esteemed publication’s 50th birthday, NY Mag has an interview with Mr Silver, a must read for editors, writers and critics alike.