Grove Press is a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic, Inc. Grove Press was founded on Grove Street in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1947. But its true beginning came in 1951 when twenty-eight-year-old Barney Rossett, Jr. bought the company and turned it into one of the most influential publishers of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. From the outset, Rossett took chances: Grove published many of the Beats including William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. In addition, Grove Press became the preeminent publisher of twentieth-century drama in America, publishing the work of Samuel Beckett (Nobel Prize for Literature 1969), Bertold Brecht, Eugene Ionesco, David Mamet (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1984), Harold Pinter (Nobel Prize for Literature 2005), Tom Stoppard, and many more. The press also introduced to American audiences the work of international authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail Bulgakov, Marguerite Duras, Jean Genet, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz (Nobel Prize for Literature 1990), Kenzaburo Oe (Nobel Prize for Literature 1994), Elfriede Jelinek (Nobel Prize for Literature 2004), Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Juan Rulfo. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Barney Rossett challenged the obscenity laws by publishing D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and then Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. His landmark court victories changed the American cultural landscape. Grove Press went on to publish literary erotic classics like The Story of O and ground-breaking gay fiction like John Rechy’s City of Night, as well as the works of the Marquis de Sade. On the political front, Grove Press published classics that include Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Che Guevara’s The Bolivian Diary, among many other titles. In 1986, Barney Rosset sold the company and the press became part of Grove Weidenfeld. In 1993 that company was merged with Atlantic Monthly Press to form Grove Atlantic, Inc.

Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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Kenneth Kraft
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Zen: Tradition and Transition
Kenneth Kraft, Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, is a scholar of Japanese Zen and a participant in the new field of engaged Buddhist studies. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, his M.A. from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. In 1984-85, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. At Lehigh, he has served as Chair of the Religion Studies department and as director of the College Seminar Program. Kraft has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and the Stanford University Japan Center in Kyoto. He has lived in Japan for five years and traveled extensively throughout Asia.

Kraft's book Eloquent Zen: Daito and Early Japanese Zen (1992) was selected as an 'Outstanding Academic Book' by Choice magazine. His anthology of present-day Zen masters and scholars, Zen: Tradition and Transition (1988), is widely used in college courses; the book was translated into French in 1993. In The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism: A New Map of the Path (1999), he creates a mandala to illustrate spiritually-based responses to social and environmental issues. A Spanish edition was published in 2001. Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism (2000), coedited with Dr. Stephanie Kaza, brings together ancient and contemporary Buddhist teachings about nature and human-nature relations. Kraft's other edited books include Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence (1992) and Zen Teaching, Zen Practice: Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen (2000).

Kraft is also the author of over twenty published essays. His essay 'The Greening of Buddhist Practice' (1993) has been reprinted in two anthologies and two journals. The following essays are available on-line: 'The Greening of Buddhist Practice;' http://www.crosscurrents.org/greening.htm 'New Voices in Engaged Buddhist Studies;' http://jbe.la.psu.edu/7/kraft001.html 'Practicing Peace: Social Engagement in Western Buddhism.' http://jbe.la.psu.edu/2/kraft.html Also on-line is an interview of Kraft that appeared in Interfaith Insights (2000). http://www.interfaithinsights.org/00fa/kraft.html

Kraft lectures frequently at conferences and symposia. In 1999, he accepted invitations to speak at the Parliament of the World's Religions, in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the Communitarian Network Summit, in Washington, D.C.

In his teaching and writing Kraft shows how ancient Buddhist insights can be actualized in contemporary life, for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. His approach balances the historical, the spiritual, and the practical. He was a featured participant on 'The Creative Spirit,' a four-part PBS television series. In 2001, he was interviewed on Philadelphia's National Public Radio station, WHYY. To hear the 50-minute interview, click here, then select May 14, 2001. http://www.whyy.org/91FM/RadioTimes.html

In recent years, Kraft's service on advisory boards, editorial boards, and steering committees has included the following: Buddhist Peace Fellowship (Berkeley, California); The Buddhism Project: Art, Buddhism, and Contemporary Culture (New York, New York); Forum on Religion and Ecology (Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions); Journal of Buddhist Ethics; Religion Working Group on Genetically Modified Organisms (University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics); Rochester Zen Center (Rochester, New York); World Faiths Development Dialogue (World Bank).

He lives in Haverford, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Trudy, and their two daughters, Eva and Louise.

Author's Web site: www.kennethkraft.net
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