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Editor Thomas Guinzburg dead at 84

New York -- Editor and publisher Thomas Guinzburg has died in New York due to complications of heart bypass surgery, his former wife told The New York Times. He was 84.

Guinzburg helped create The Paris Review magazine and served as president of Viking Press, the publishing house founded by his father, Harold K. Guinzburg, in 1931.

"(Thomas Guinzburg) was a marvelous combination of idealist and realist. He was always encouraging The Review not to be deterred from discovering young writers of quality," Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books and a board member of The Paris Review, told the Times. "At the same time he had a grasp of the really rough details of commercial publishing."

Guinzburg was married and divorced twice. He is survived by daughters Kate and Amanda Guinzburg; a son, Michael Guinzburg; two granddaughters; and his companion for the past 15 years, Victoria Anstead, the Times said.

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