Lillian Ross (journalist)

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Lillian Ross (born Lillian Rosovsky; 1918/1919) is an American journalist and author, who was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1945 until she retired.

She was born Lillian Rosovsky in Syracuse, New York and raised in Brooklyn, the youngest of three children of Louis and Edna (née Rosenson) Rosovsky. Her elder siblings were Helen and Simon. With the exception of her memoir Here but Not Here, she has always been reluctant to discuss her private or personal life, much of which was spent with New York journalist/editor William Shawn.[1]

She did, however, discuss some aspects of her private life in personal comments to 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 (born 1965).[2][3]



  • Portrait of Hemingway (originally published as a "Profile" in the New Yorker, May 13, 1950; Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1961.
  • Picture (account of the making of the film The Red Badge of Courage, originally published in the New Yorker), Rinehart (New York City), 1952, Anchor Books (New York City), 1993.
  • (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.
  • Adlai Stevenson, Lippincott (Philadelphia), 1966.
  • Talk Stories (sixty stories first published in "The Talk of the Town" section of the New Yorker, 1958–65), Simon & Schuster, 1966.
  • Reporting Two, Simon & Schuster, 1969.
  • Moments with Chaplin, Dodd, 1980.
  • Takes: Stories from "The Talk of the Town", Congdon & Weed (New York City), 1983.
  • Here but Not Here: A Love Story (memoir), Random House, 1998.
  • Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism, Counterpoint (New York), 2002.
  • Reporting Always: Writing for The New Yorker (non-fiction), Scribner, November 2015.


  • Ross, Lillian (January 7, 1950). "Profiles: The Millionaire - I". The New Yorker 25 (46): 30–41.  Profile of Henry Jonas Rosenfeld (part 1).
  • Ross, Lillian (February 4, 1950). "The Talk of the Town: The Wildest People". The New Yorker 25 (50): 21–22.  Talk piece on Transit Radio, Inc.
  • Ross, Lillian (February 8, 2010). "The Talk of the Town: Remembrance Bearable". The New Yorker. pp. 22–23. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed June 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Ross, Lillian (February 8, 2010). "The Talk of the Town: Remembrance Bearable". The New Yorker. pp. 22–23. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  3. ^ "J.D. Salinger's spirit",; accessed June 6, 2015.