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. 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.
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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