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.

Home
Ordering
Media / Review Copy
Author Tours
Catalogs
Booksellers
Reading Group Guides
Teachers / Desk Copy
Rights & Permissions
Contact Us
Young Skins by Colin Barrett
Young Skins


Winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award


“A stunning debut . . . The timeless nature of each story means this collection can—and will—be read many years from now.” —Sunday Times

“Exciting and stylistically adventurous.” —Colm Toibín
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
 
Description 
Praise 
Author 
Biography 
Awards 
Google Book Preview
Buy This Book
“Letters of astonishing clarity, keenness and vigor showing the author of ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider’ as a solid critic of life and a good help to her friends.” —The New York Times Book Review
Letters of Katherine A. Porter
By Isabel Bayley
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-453-0 • $16.95 • Paperback • June 1991
Belle Letters
Novelist, short-story writer, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Katherine Anne Porter is one of America’s most respected and enduring literary figures. Upon her death in 1980 at the age of ninety, she left behind thousands of letters, from which Isabel Bayley, Porter’s close friend for over twenty-five years and her literary archivist, selected the best. “The book was conceived as a whole,” Bayley explains. “The letters will carry you, if you wish to read in sequence, from point to point during her major working years, 1930 to 1963. Little bridges form from idea to idea, from theme to theme.” One of Porter’s themes was an outrage born of unfair politics, and her words are as fresh today as when they were written: “What has discouraged me,” she writes in 1957, “is simply the fact that from Mussolini on—Franco, Hitler, Tito, Peron, Batista, Trujillo, in a rapidly descending scale to Nasser, our government has without fail backed and supported, in completely criminal collusion, every foul and stinking political dictator in turn as they rise, with the hypocritical excuse that these are all ‘anti-Communist.’” And in 1947 she asks the kind of question that underlies the finest of her writing: “Man cannot—oh why can he not? This to me is the riddle of the universe—face the truth of his own motives.”

The list of Porter’s correspondents reads like a Who’s Who of twentieth-century letters: Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Eleanor Clark, James Stern, Cleanth Brooks, Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Josephine Herbst, Hart Crane, Monroe Wheeler, Glenway Wescott, Eudora Welty, John Malcolm Brinnin. She tells Edith Sitwel she treasures her anthology of poetry as “something to take to Heaven with me if I ever get there; or maybe to bootleg into Hell to soften the penalty of having to read the Beat Generation.” In a 1935 letter to Robert Penn Warren, one of her closest friends, she writes, “I have on hand, trying to finish it, a fairly long story which I call ‘Pale Horse and Pale Rider’ though I may find another title. What are your limits as to space for a short story?” For Porter her letters—to friends, family, publishers, editors, lovers—were vital links between the past and the present, a validation of time spent and an inspiration for the future: her twelve-page ship’s journal, written in the form of a letter on a voyage from Mexico to Germany in 1931, became the basis for Ship of Fools, completed thirty years later.

Katherine Anne Porter saw letters as continuity, a story that no longer belonged to the teller: “. . . mss. and notes and journals and letters arrived from Saratoga Springs the other day, and reading some of it over I find the past much more continuous, which I had begun to doubt. . . . Things just accumulated, and behold, it had become history . . . to be sorted and used as part of a story. I don’t know that story any more than you do, especially not the end, and we will never see it, and I think it not very important whether we do or don’t. . . . It doesn’t belong to us anyway.”

<October 2017>
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
24

Tim Murphy
Christodora

2:00 PM-3:00 PM: BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL
Inner Harbor - Ivy Bookshop Stage
Baltimore, MD


Lily Tuck
Sisters

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL
Inner Harbor - Ivy Bookshop Stage
Baltimore, MD


25

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

06:30 PM-08:00 PM: COMMONWEALTH CLUB
Commandant's Room
578 Valley Way
San Fran/San Jose/Oakland, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LOFT LITERARY CENTER
1011 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN


26

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
695 East Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


27

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BURBANK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Buena Vista Branch
300 N. Buena Vista Street
Los Angeles, CA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

02:30 PM-04:30 PM: RICHARD NIXON LIBRARY & MUSEUM
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-9:30 PM: SEMINARY COOP
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: CITY LIGHTS BOOKSELLERS
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA


28

Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma

5:00 PM: DEISEL BOOKSTORE-BRENTWOOD
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, C


David Abrams
Brave Deeds

MONTANA BOOK FESTIVAL
Location TK
Missoula, MT


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:30 PM: WARWICK'S
7812 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LEFT BANK BOOKS, INC.
399 North Euclid
St. Louis, MO


29



30

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

6:00 PM: POLITICS & PROSE
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC


1



2

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:30 PM: POWELL'S BOOKS
2720 NW 29th Street
Portland, OR


3

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:30 PM-08:45 PM: TOWN HALL
1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca)
Seattle, WA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: NEWTONVILLE BOOKS
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA


4

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: CENTER FOR FICTION
17 E. 47th Street
New York City


5

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

UC BERKELEY
Berkeley, CA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:30 PM: BOOKS ARE MAGIC
225 Smith Street
New York City


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
The Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY


6

Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

7:00 PM: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA


7

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

NEW YORKER FESTIVAL
with Mohsin Ahmid and Edwidge Danticat
New York, NY


8



9

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-10:00 PM: FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES
481 CROWN STREET, #A16
Brooklyn, NY


10

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM: CITY OF ASYLUM
Alphabet City
40 West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: TATTERED COVER LODO
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:30 PM: POWELL'S BOOKS
1005 W. Burnside St.,
Portland, OR


11

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM-09:00 PM: PENN STATE GREAT VALLEY
30 East Swedesford Road
Pennsylvania


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM-10:00 PM: POETRY PROJECT - DOGWRITE
St Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery
With Andre Alexis and Nicole J. Georges
131 E 10th Street
New York City


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:30 PM: BOULDER BOOKSTORE
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BOOK CELLAR
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL


12

Anna Noyes
Goodnight, Beautiful Women

BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL
Dates are tentative
Brattleboro, VT


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA


13

Olivia Clare
Disasters in the First World

12:00 PM-01:30 PM: SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
306 Gay St; Suite 306
Nashville, TN


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

9:30 AM-11:00 AM: COMMUNAL PRESENCE: NEW NARRATIVE CONFERENCE
"Writers Who Love Too Much"
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


14



15

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:00 PM: COMMUNAL PRESENCE: NEW NARRATIVE CONFERENCE
Reading with Dennis Cooper & Eileen Myles
McRosky Mattress Company
San Francisco, CA


16

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:00 PM: CITY LIGHTS BOOKSELLERS
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
279 Harvard St.
Boston/Cambridge, MA


17

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE #3301 EDINA
3230 West 69th Street
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:30 PM: SKYLIGHT BOOKS
1818 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

06:00 PM: SEMINARY CO-OP
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE UPPER WEST SIDE
2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.)
New York City


18

Scott Price
Playing Through the Whistle

7:00 PM: HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
Books in the 'Burgh
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

06:00 PM-08:00 PM: RAINY DAY BOOKS
2706 West 53rd Street
Kansas City, MO


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: PRAIRIE LIGHTS BOOKSTORE
15 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA


Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done

07:30 PM: GREEN APPLE BOOKS ON THE PARK
1231 9th Ave
San Fran/San Jose/Oakland, CA


19

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: LEFT BANK BOOKS, INC.
399 North Euclid
St. Louis, MO


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: HARBOURFRONT FESTIVAL
with Andre Alexis
Live via Skype
Seattle, WA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

8:30 PM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
"Freeman's New Voices"
Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC


20

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
with Sayed Kashua, Witi Ihimaera, Helen Humphreys
Granville Island Stage
Vancouver, BC


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

1:00 PM-02:30 PM: VANCOVER WRITERS FEST
with Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Dennis Lee
Waterfront Theatre
Vancouver, BC


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

8:30 PM: VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
In conversation with Aislinn Hunter
Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC


21



22



23

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM-08:30 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:30 PM: GREEN APPLE BOOKS ON THE PARK
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA


24

Scott Price
Playing Through the Whistle

7:00 PM: MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND MUSEUM
351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BARNES & NOBLE #2566
2201 Preston Rd Suite E
Plano, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: LIBRARIE DRAWN & QUARTERLY
211 Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: TIME TESTED BOOKS
1114 21st Street
Sacramento, CA


25

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

11:30 AM-01:30 PM: WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Luncheon
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: INTERABANG BOOKS
10720 Preston Rd
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:30 PM: SKYLIGHT BOOKS
1818 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA


26

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

05:00 PM-06:30 PM: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Austin, TX


27

Mark Bowden
Hue 1968

07:00 PM: BOOKPEOPLE
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

3:00 PM: COPLEY SQUARE HOTEL
47 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:30 PM-09:00 PM: BOOK REVUE
Old South Sanctuary
645 Boylston St.
Boston, MA


Josh Weil
Age of Perpetual Light, The

STORIES ON STAGE
Sacramento, CA


28

Olivia Clare
Disasters in the First World

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
1100 Massachusetts Ave
Suite 300B
Boston, MA


Lily Tuck
Sisters

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
with Celeste Ng and Eshkol Nevo
Emmanuel Parish Hall
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

4:15 PM-5:15 PM: BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
1100 Massachusetts Ave
Suite 300B
Boston, MA


29

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

5:00 PM: AMHERST BOOKS
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA


30



31



1

Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

07:00 PM: INTERABANG BOOKS
10720 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX


Bradford Morrow
Prague Sonata, The

07:00 PM: NEWTONVILLE BOOKS
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Boston/Cambridge, MA


John Freeman
Freeman's: The Future of New Writing

7:00 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


2

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

CAL STATE CHANNEL ISLANDS
1 University Drive
Camarillo, CA


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

7:00 PM: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX


3



4

Tim Murphy
Christodora

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
610 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, TX


Eileen Myles
Afterglow (a dog memoir)

12:00 PM-12:45 PM: TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
610 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, TX


Go
Webmaster: Michael Dudding
Graphic Design: Gretchen Mergenthaler
Development & Programming: Peter Grand, Inc.