Thomas Guinzburg, one of the founders of renowned literary journal, Paris Review, died on Wednesday in New York at the age of 84.
According to his partner of 15 years, Victoria Anstead, Guinzburg's death was due to complications from heart surgery.
Guinzburg, who graduated from Yale and had served in World War II, launched the Paris Review in 1953 along with George Plimpton, who was editor of the journal for over 50 years.
He was the magazine's first managing editor and later became president of the board. The Paris Review has showcased fiction and poetry by many authors of repute such as V S Naipul and Philip Roth.
Guinzburg also served as president of publishing house Viking Press - started by his father - until 1978, when it was bought over by Pearson.
He also helped start a group of donors called the "Dream Team" at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, helping adult cancer patients realise their wishes.