Lillian Ross (born June 8, 1926) ) is an Americanjournalist and author who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1945. She was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Louis and Edna (Rosenson) Ross. With the exception of her memoirHere but Not Here, about her relationship with William Shawn, she has been extremely reluctant to make the details of her life public. In her writing she makes the narrator as invisible as she can. Her birth date is unconfirmed, but in a May 7, 1998 New York Times article by Janny Scott, Shawn is said to have been about 20 years her senior.
Ross departed from the rules regarding her private life in personal comments in The Talk of the Town following the death of J. D. Salinger, making her position as narrator clear and including information about her long friendship with Salinger and photographs of Salinger and his family with her family, including her adopted son, Erik.
(With sister, Helen Ross) The Player: A Profile of an Art (interviews), Simon & Schuster, 1962, Limelight Editions, 1984.
Vertical and Horizontal (short stories), Simon & Schuster, 1963.
Reporting (articles originally published in the New Yorker, including "The Yellow Bus," "Symbol of All We Possess," "The Big Stone," "Terrific," "El Unico Matador," "Portrait of Hemingway," and "Picture"), Simon & Schuster, 1964, with new introduction by the author, Dodd (New York City), 1981.