Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Tammuz 11, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
How an anticipated work fails to meet expectations
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There is nothing more disappointing for a critic than to look forward with anticipation to reading a book -- especially one with an intriguing concept by an admired writer -- only to find that it falls far short of expectations. Such has been the case with Room for Doubt by Wendy Lesser, founder and editor of the adventurous, California-based literary...
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Media Clippings
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Among the reams of print that have appeared recently upon the appearance of the new biography of Ralph Ellison by Arnold Rampersad -- all of it justified since Ellison is one of the major novelists of the 20th century -- one of the best notices has been Michael Anderson's, which appeared in the May 28 issue of The Nation. The...
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Media Clippings
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A few weeks ago, I looked at the question of failure in American life, especially the central part it plays in education and child-rearing. It was noted in the article I discussed, which was published in one of the final issues of Child magazine , that by not allowing children to learn how to deal with failure, we're doing them...
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Who would have thought it possible? The photographer who has given us some of the greatest paeans to beauty and relaxation -- to the joys of summer -- as well as a deep sense of place in American life has now given us the greatest tribute to one of the country's most resonant tragedies. Joel Meyerowitz, who made his name...
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A dance critic never sidesteps her many other interests
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What sort of criteria can be used to measure the success of a book? I'm not talking about any sort of obtuse critical theories, but about the tools that everyday devoted readers use to evaluate what they've just read. High on any list would have to be pleasure, which comes in assorted flavors: love of plot, character, style. Though these...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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