Dr Tim Groenland
School of English
Dr Tim Groenland’s research focuses on the role of literary editors in twentieth- and twenty-first century American fiction. His first book, The Art of Editing: Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace, was published in 2019 by Bloomsbury Academic. As the recipient of an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship, he completed a PhD from TCD in 2016; he has since held positions as Lecturer in American Literature and Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary English Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD. His writing has appeared in Critique, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Dublin Review of Books, among other venues.
Ted (Theodore H.) Solotaroff (1928-2008) was a literary and cultural critic as well as, in one description, “one of the most important and influential editors of the post-sixties era.” In 1967, he became founding editor of the New American Review: this was published from 1967 to 1970 and reappeared, after a change in publisher, as the American Review from 1972 to 1977. While the magazine was relatively short-lived, its timing and selection of material made it extremely influential. Indeed, Gerald Howard (executive editor and vice president of Doubleday) has described this interrupted decade of production as “the greatest American literary magazine ever,” pointing in particular to its roster of fiction, which included extracts from Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, and Robert Coover’s The Public Burning as well as works by Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Ralph Ellison, Jorge Luis
Borges, and William Gass (Howard, 2008). Its selection of nonfiction – which included excerpts from Michael Herr’s Dispatches and Marshall Berman’s All that is Solid Melts into Air – as well as poetry – new work from Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, and Sylvia Plath – was of a similar quality.
My project will map the magazine’s development from its inception to its end, drawing on recently available archival evidence (contained in the archives of the NAR and in Solotaroff’s papers) to analyse its aims, scope, and influence upon the literary culture of its time. This primary outcome will be a critical monograph, “‘A howling forum’: Ted Solotaroff and the New American Review,” to be published with a university press, as well as journal articles and dissemination at academic conferences and general-interest publications.