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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“Elissa Wald, a veteran of what vanilla reviewers call ‘the S/M scene,’ brings new meaning to the term ‘literary submission.’. . . If you’re looking for a good erotic read, cuff yourself to this book. And don’t unlock the cuffs until you’re told.” —Time Out New York
Meeting the Master
By Elissa Wald
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3550-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Feb. 1998
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Meeting the Master is an elegantly crafted collection exploring the pleasures and rituals of dominance and submission. In these resonant, darkly erotic stories, a young girl dreams of submitting to a boy who refuses to control her. An ex-convict is so accustomed to serving his cellmate that he cannot adjust to freedom. A professional dominatrix is beaten at her own game by a psychiatrist. And a student lies his way into the home of an army recruiter to become his houseboy. Elissa Wald’s precise and startling voice reveals a penetrating wisdom that animates these lives. Meeting the Master is a provocative collection that is a pleasure to read.

Includes:

“The Initiation”
“Ruby and the Bull”
“The Resolution”
“The Houseboy”
“Therapy”
“Missing the Boat”
“Turned Out”
“The Illustrating Man”

Author’s Note:

“For years, when asked what it is that I write about, I have responded—by turns flippant, apologetic, and in-your-face—“S&M.” What this answer means, though, has only gotten more difficult to clarify. The range and complexity of S&M involvement is as infinite as human sexuality itself. Even the letters S and M represent many different concepts to different people. As the theme of this book, sadomasochism is probably a misnomer. Here, “S&M” would much more readily stand for “slavery and mastery,” not only where it is consciously expressed in bedroom games, but where I see it sublimated and (barely) veiled nearly everywhere I look.

Meeting the Master, therefore, isn’t an easy book to categorize. It is wholly erotic—at least to me—but only occasionally very graphic. It is straight, gay, and everything in between. It depicts a dark and little-understood area of sexuality, often outside of what we recognize as a sexual context.

“Like anything else that resists a ready pigeonhole, this book will disturb and offend some people, but it is my hope that it will serve many others. Those who, like me, have a perpetual craving for material on this topic; who felt the pull early on, maybe even from early childhood; who have purchased even the most dismal pornography if it promised some kind of a “fix” in this area; who have felt intense frustration at the dearth of quality literature that addresses it in any depth.

“It is the aim of this book to sate some of that particular hunger; to explore S&M beyond the stereotypes of leather, whips, and chains; to ask questions and provoke thought; to arouse and entertain.

“It is my attempt to tell some of my own truth. I hope you enjoy it.”

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