The American fiction writer and editor was Robert Daniel Menaker. He was born on October 26, 2020. He worked for the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program and as a consultant for Barnes & Noble Bookstores. He was the father of one of the hosts of the Chapo Trap House podcast, Will Menaker. His father was Robert Menaker, an alleged Soviet intelligence agent.
He died at his home in Marlborough on Monday, Mass. He was 79.
He was 79 years old.
For twenty years, Daniel Menaker was a fiction editor at The New Yorker and regularly had content published in the magazine. He was named Senior Literary Editor by Random House in 1995 and later became Executive Editor-in-Chief, working with writers such as Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann, Elizabeth Strout, and Nassim Taleb.
He became the host of a web-based book show called “Titlepage” in 2008 after leaving Random House in 2007.
He also edited the best-selling 1996 Roman à clef, “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics,” inspired by the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. Its creator, the columnist Joe Klein, was billed as “Anonymous” on the cover and until after the book was published, even Mr. Menaker and other Random House executives were unknown. (The credit for the title was taken by Mr. Menaker.)
He marveled that he and his agent, Esther Newberg, had remained friends for so long in an acknowledgment that could pass for an epitaph.