The New Press, a nonprofit publisher that
Schiffrin founded after he was forced out of Pantheon Books in
1990 over the high-brow imprint's slender bottom line, said he
died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Schiffrin argued that corporate control was incompatible with
literature and threatened free expression, a view that
ultimately cost him his job at the imprint where his father had
been founding editor after the family fled Nazi-occupied France
In interviews after his highly public departure, Schiffrin said
he feared for the future of independent ideas in a publishing
world increasingly driven by advertising and profits.
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