Robert Weil

Executive Editor

W.W. Norton

Robert Weil is W.W. Norton executive editor and newly appointed editor-in-chief and publishing director of Norton's recently revived Liveright & Company imprint. By any measure, Weil is not only a good editor but a great one. While his books and authors can range wildly from country-western singer Merle Haggard to multiple works by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.—Weil even published a book called Knitting with Dog Hair—he is best known for publishing serious works of literature and history and making money doing so. Whether it's African-American, Asian, or French history, genetics, literary criticism, biology, fiction, politics, or philosophy, Weil seems to have edited a critically acclaimed—and commercially successful—book in the category. He's had at least 12 books on the New York Times bestseller list (among them R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis Illustrated, The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed, and Elegy for Iris by John Bayley); his 1990 Route 66: The Mother Road by Michael Wallis has sold more than 500,000 copies, and the Annotated Alice and Annotated Sherlock Holmes have each sold well over 100,000 copies in their combined editions.