Robert Gottlieb was the editor of The New Yorker from 1987 to 1992. He also served as editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and Alfred A. Knopf, and edited books by John Cheever, Joseph Heller, Salman Rushdie and Ray Bradbury. He is the author of many books, including Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens. He is also dance critic for The New York Observer.