GROVE PRESS is a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic. 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 Rosset Jr. bought the company and turned it into one of the most influential publishers of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. From the outset, Rosset 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), Bertolt Brecht, Eugène 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), Kenzaburō Ōe (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 Rosset 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 groundbreaking 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 Frantz 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 The Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Writers’ 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 (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2011), as well as António Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, Julia Franck, Yan Lianke, and many others.