John Ivan Simon (born May 12, 1925) is an American author and literary, theater, and film critic.
Simon was born in Subotica, Bačka, Bačka Oblast, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later known (after 1929) as Yugoslavia (now North Bačka District, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia). He is of Hungarian descent. The son of Joseph and Margaret (née Reves) Simmon, he grew up in Belgrade before immigrating to the United States in 1941 on a tourist visa to join his father. By 1944 he was in United States Army Air Forces basic training camp in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He attended Harvard University where he earned a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. While a student, Simon was hired by playwright Lillian Hellman to prepare a translation of Jean Anouilh's The Lark, but he was never paid for his work since Hellman claimed he had typed it in the wrong format.
Simon has written theater, film, music, and book reviews for publications such as New York, Esquire, The Hudson Review, National Review, Opera News, The New Leader, Commonweal, The New Criterion and The New York Times Book Review. He also contributes a monthly essay to The Weekly Standard...
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