Remembering the longtime Atlantic editor, who guided the magazine through a critical era of war, protest, and cultural change.
The Atlantic was saddened by the passing of editor emeritus Robert Manning, who died over the weekend at the age of 92. After a distinguished career at the Associated Press, Time, the New York Herald Tribune, and the U.S. State Department, Manning joined The Atlantic as its executive editor in 1964, taking over as its tenth editor-in-chief in 1966, when his predecessor Edward Weeks retired.
Presiding over the magazine from 1966 until 1980, Manning helped usher The Atlantic into the modern era. Circulation nearly doubled under his stewardship, as he intensified the magazine's engagement with the news and public affairs, while preserving a focus on literary and cultural matters. Under Manning, the magazine published some of the nation's best established intellectual figures and literary giants (Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Richard Yates, John Updike, Jose Luis Borges, Robert Penn Warren, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Dr. James Watson, Walter Lippmann, among many others), while launching or advancing the careers of such writers as James Fallows, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Drew, Tracy Kidder, Ward Just, James Alan McPherson, L.E. Sissman, Dan Wakefield, and Ann Beattie.