Daphne Miriam Merkin (born in New York City) is an American literary critic, essayist and novelist. Merkin is a graduate of Barnard College and also attended Columbia University‘s graduate program in English literature.
She began her career as a book critic for the magazines Commentary, The New Republic, and The New Leader, where she wrote a book column and later, a movie column. In 1986, she became an editor with the publishing house of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. In 1997, after Tina Brown became editor of The New Yorker, Merkin became a film critic for the magazine. She also wrote extensively on books and became known for her frank forays into autobiography; her personal essays dealt with subjects ranging from her battle with depression, to her predilection for spanking, to the unacknowledged complexities of growing up rich on Park Avenue. In 2005, she joined The New York Times Magazine as a contributing writer. She is the author of a novel, Enchantment (1984) as well as two collections of essays, Dreaming of Hitler (1997) and The Fame Lunches (2014). and a memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression (2017).. Her latest novel 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love (2020) came out in July of 2020.
Books in order of publication:
|Dreaming of Hitler||1997|
|The Fame Lunches: On Sadness, Writing, the Promise of Fame, and Other Imperfections||2014|
|This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression||2017|
|22 Minutes of Unconditional Love||2020|