A Portrait of a Man: ‘The Wine Lover’s Daughter’

Clifton Fadiman was a brilliant man, a top student at Columbia who became a man of letters, famous in his time for the radio quiz show “Information Please” and for “This Is Show Business” on television, along with the many anthologies he put together detailing his extensive reading. He worked for Simon & Schuster, rising to be editor in chief and was the book critic of The New Yorker. He had a column in Holiday magazine and served on the board of the Book of the Month Club for many years. He also collected wine and worked so industriously — seven days a week, often doing two or more jobs at once — that he became wealthy. He lived to be 95. He had three children: two sons and a daughter.
Now that daughter, Anne Fadiman, who is also his literary executor, has written “The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a funny and charming book about her father. It takes wine as an entry point into his story. Her first book, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” won the 1997 New York Book Critics Circle Award.
For Clifton Fadiman, collecting wine was partly a symbol of

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