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Daphne Merkin is a literary critic, essayist and novelist.
Merkin began her career as a book critic for “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 took over “The New Yorker”, Merkin became a film critic for the magazine. She also wrote extensively on books and became known for her frank and lyrical forays into autobiography; her personal essays tackled 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.”