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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Surreal Lives
From the author: I have also done a certain amount of book reviewing, and some television programmes - notably an Omnibus to coincide with the Houdini publication, and a more recent Houdini film.

In non-fiction, my principal interest has been to use biography not as an end in itself, but as a way into social and cultural history. I take the un-Marxian view that history is influenced more than we imagine by the chance of individual circumstances and character. In the forthcoming AutoMobile, a series of chronological studies in social and cultural history are framed up as a series of journeys, both actual and metaphorical. These combine biography, history, reportage and comment much as I hope to do in my new project, Walt's World. This will continue some of the themes raised in AutoMobile, especially regarding the increasing interchangeability of the public and corporate/commercial spheres and the ever more blurred boundaries between fiction and reality as life and themepark converge.

1972 married Philip Steadman. One daughter, Lily, born 1982.

Brandon's books listed by year of publication:

1977 published Singer and the Sewing Machine - A Capitalist Romance with Barrie and Jenkins, UK, and Lippincott, US

1980    The Dollar Princesses - Weidenfeld, UK, and Knopf, US

1982 The Spiritualists - Weidenfeld and Knopf

1986    Left, Right and Centre - Collins Crime Club, UK, and St Martins Press, US

1987    Out of Body, Out of Mind - Macmillan, UK, and St Martins Press, US

1987 The Burning Question - the Anti-Nuclear Movement since 1945 - Heinemann

1990      The New Women and the Old Men - Love, Sex and the Woman Question - Secker and Warburg, UK, and Norton, US (reissued 2000, Macmillan)

1991      Mind Out - Collins Crime Club

1992      Being Divine - a life of Sarah Bernhardt - Secker and Warburg

1993      The Gorgon's Smile - Collins Crime Club

1994      The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini - Jonathan Cape, UK; Random House, US; Klim, Denmark (reissued 2001, Macmillan)

1995      Tickling the Dragon (novel) - Jonathan Cape

1996      The Uncertainty Principle (novel) - Jonathan Cape

1999      Surreal Lives - the Surrealists 1917 - 1945 - Macmillan, UK, Grove Atlantic, US; Estonia

Publication March 2002 - AutoMobile: How the Car Changed Life - Macmillan

Author's Web site: www.ruthbrandon.co.uk

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