Theodore Solotaroff

I was really too young to have been influenced by the New American Review during the main part of its run, but I remember in the mid-seventies picking up copies in used bookstores & feeling nostalgic for a scene I was never a part of. Ted Solotaroff is dead at 80. Those beat-up paperbacks, for my generation, were tokens of bravery to be lived up to. And they were printed (at a loss) by major publishers. Now there is something to be nostalgic for. Another believer in the efficacy of writing as an art is gone.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Theodore Solotaroff”

  1. There was a rebroadcast on Fresh Air today of a 1987 interview with Solotaroff. I didn’t get to hear all of it, but I heard him suggest contemporary editing as more akin to the marketing department than to any higher, literary calling. And that interview was 20 years ago.

  2. joseph, your last line ‘Another believer in the efficacy of writing as an art is gone.’ prompted this memory of a fine friend and writer of 40 years ago. ed


    …AND bicker, wide heart, tired all times, I hate that he died

    Some people are brands when packaging blooms into lifestyles

    Hester Prynne wore her scarlet letter for chastisement not sales

    later when less fashionable a brand is a middle-aged millstone

    they moved to Paradise, CA where MaryAnne’s mom had a home

    Ray’d married the 16year old Burk girl when he was 19 (b.1938)

    He graduated in 1963 from Humbolt State, Arcata, CA

    Maryann graduated in 1970 from San Jose State, CA

    Christina La Rae was born Dec 1957, Vance Lindsay born 1958

    Ray had one brother James Franklin Carver born 1943

    Ray was born in Clatskanie, OR, grew up in Yakima, WA

    Ray died a long time ago when he was about 50 and MaryAnne (

    who he’d divorced; later married Tess) wrote a book in 2006

    called What It used To Be Like: A Portrait Of My Marriage

    To Raymond Carver. (one in every four books is about someone?)

    Edward Mycue
    p.o.bx 640543
    San Francisco
    CA 94164-0543

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