Robert Silvers, co-founder of The New York Review of Books, speaks at the 2006 National Book Awards. Silvers died Monday after a brief illness. He was 87. STUART RAMSON/AP hide caption toggle caption STUART RAMSON/AP The Two-Way Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87 March 20, 2017 Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.