Lorin Stein, 2014
|Residence||New York City|
|Education||Sidwell Friends School|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Johns Hopkins University
|Occupation||Literary critic, translator|
Lorin Hollister Stein (born April 22, 1973) is an American critic, editor, and translator. He was the editor in chief of The Paris Review but resigned in 2017 following accusations of sexual harassment by employees of the magazine. Under Stein's editorship, The Paris Review won two National Magazine Awards—the first in the category of Essays and Criticism (2011), and the second for General Excellence (2013).
Lorin Stein was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He graduated from Yale College in 1995. In 1996 he received an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where he served as a teaching fellow. Stein currently resides in New York City and is married to the writer and editor Sadie Stein, whom he earlier hired to work at the Paris Review in 2011. His sister is the literary agent Anna Stein.
After brief tenures as a contributing editor at Might and Publishers Weekly, Stein was hired by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1998 as an editorial assistant. He was eventually promoted to senior editor. In 2008, FSG published his translation of Grégoire Bouillier's memoir The Mystery Guest.
Sex scandal and resignation
In October 2017 the Paris Review board started an internal investigation which heard complaints from 'at least two female writers' relating to Stein's unwanted sexual behavior. According to the investigation, Stein regularly complimented women in the office on their appearance and encouraged them to invite attractive friends to work parties. Some women felt that decisions to publish their work was related to their appearance and relationship with Stein. In one case, a woman alleged she had a consensual sexual relationship with Stein, including having sex in his office, but after things started going badly she broke off the relationship. After the breakup, she found that her submissions were being rejected by the magazine, which she felt might be in retaliation. Her agent confirmed she'd been told of the experience as it happened in 2013. Stein strongly denies ever having taken looks or relationship status into consideration when approving stories.
One woman said Stein had touched her at a work dinner in an inappropriate way, including touching her knee several times, sliding his hand up her skirt and touching her underwear. She said she had to request to move to a different seat to get him to stop. A friend and her boyfriend at the time confirmed she had spoken to them about the encounter when it happened.
On December 6, 2017, Stein resigned. In his letter of resignation, he wrote: "I blurred the personal and the professional in ways that were, I now recognize, disrespectful of my colleagues and our contributors, and that made them feel uncomfortable or demeaned." He acknowledged he had abused his position and had several inappropriate relations with subordinates including interns and writers for the magazine. He says he now understands how the "way I behaved was hurtful, degrading and infuriating to a degree that I have only begun to understand this past month." However, he maintains that all sexual relations and contact was consensual.
Awards and honors
Books edited by Stein have received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Believer Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His reviews of fiction and poetry and his translations from French have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, n+1, and the Salon Guide to Contemporary Fiction. His translation of Edouard Levé's Autoportrait was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award (2013).
Under Stein's editorship, The Paris Review has won two National Magazine Awards—the first in the category of Essays and Criticism (John Jeremiah Sullivan, "Mister Lytle: An Essay", 2011), and the second for General Excellence (2013).
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- National Post Q&A, March 2010[dead link]
- Jory John, "The Rumpus interview with Lorin Stein", October 15, 2012
- "An Interview with Lorin Stein, Editor of The Paris Review", The Austin Review, January 6, 2014.