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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“Quite simply, this is the rise, fall, and reincarnation of one of the most influential presses of the last half of the 20th century. There's Beckett, Baldwin, Kerouac, Lawrence, Miller, Paz, Burroughs, and many others. It is astounding that one publishing house had the vision to print such a wide variety of authors.” —Tim Mooney, Reading on Walden Bookstore, Chicago, IL, Book Sense quote

The Grove Press Reader, 1951-2001
By Stanley Gontarski
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3780-7 • $12.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2001
Fiction
Introduction: The Life and Times of Grove Press, by S. E. Gontarski xi
The1950s
Barney Rosset Interviews Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, WNET Radio (1959)3
Matthew G. Lewis, from The Monk (1952)10
Simone de Beauvoir, “Must We Burn Sade?” (1953)17
Samuel Beckett and Barney Rosset, Letters (1953-1955)25
Samuel Beckett, from Waiting for Godot (1954)39
Samuel Beckett, from Molloy (1955)41
Eugène Ionesco, “The Bald Soprano: The Tragedy of Language” (1964)48
Eugène Ionesco, from The Bald Soprano (1956)52
Jack Kerouac, “Written Address to the Italian Judge” (1963)61
Jack Kerouac, from The Subterraneans (1958)64
Antonin Artaud, “The Theater and Cruelty” (1958)70
D. H. Lawrence, from Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1959)73
Henry Miller, Letters to Barney Rosset (1959)81
The1960s
Richard Seaver, The 1960s: Within a Budding Grove87
Gilbert Sorrentino, “The Novelist as Editor: An Interview with S. E. Gontarski”97
Donald M. Allen, Preface to The New American Poetry, 1945-1960 (1960)103
Alexander Trocchi, from Cain’s Book (1960)106
Alain Robbe-Grillet, from In the Labyrinth (1960)112
Marguerite Duras, from Moderato Cantabile (1960)120
“Statement in Support of the Freedom to Read,” from Evergreen Review (1962)126
Barney Rosset on Tropic of Cancer, from The Paris Review (1997)132
Anaïs Nin, Preface to Tropic of Cancer (1963)134
Henry Miller, from Tropic of Cancer (1961)136
Octavio Paz, from The Labyrinth of Solitude (1961)140
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Babylon Lottery” (1962)145
Terry Southern on Naked Lunch (1964)150
William S. Burroughs, from Naked Lunch (1962)159
Frank Harris, from My Life and Loves (1963)159
John Rechy, Introduction to City of Night (1984)170
John Rechy, from City of Night (1963)175
“About Evergreen Review No. 32” (1964)182
Jean Genet, from The Thief’s Journal (1964)184
Hubert Selby, Jr., from Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964)191
The Marquis de Sade, from Justine (1965)199
Harold Pinter, from The Homecoming (1965)209
Anonymous, from My Secret Life (1966)216
Irving Rosenthal, from Sheeper (1967)224
Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Alternate Ending” (1967)229
Tom Stoppard, from Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1967)233
Che Guevara, from Bolivian Diaries (1968)241
Frantz Fanon, from The Wretched of the Earth (1968)251
Joseph Dolan Tuotti, from Big Time Buck White (1969)258
Kenzaburo Oë, from A Personal Matter (1969)266
The 1970s and1980s
Kent Carroll, “Grove in the ‘70s”279
David Mamet, from American Buffalo (1977)285
John Kennedy Toole, from A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)297
Samuel Beckett, Ohio Impromptu (1981)306
Robert Coover, from Spanking the Maid (1982)310
Kathy Acker, from Blood and Guts in High School (1984)314
David Rabe, from Hurlyburly (1985)320
Bharati Mukherjee, “Fathering” (1988)324
Dennis Cooper, from Closer (1989)330
The1990s
Morgan Entrekin, “Grove in the ‘90s”339
Banana Yoshimoto, from Kitchen (1993)341
Dagoberto Gilb, “Romero’s Shirt” (1994)346
Barry Hannah, “Coming Close to Donna” (1994)352
Jerzy Kozinski, from The Painted Bird (1995)355
Alina Reyes, from The Butcher and Other Erotica (1996)364
Terry Southern, from The Magic Christian (1996)368
Jon Lee Anderson, from Che: A Revolutionary Life (1997)371
Will Self, from Great Apes (1997)375
Jeanette Winterson, from The Passion (1997)379
Ivan Klíma, from The Ultimate Intimacy (1998)388
Francisco Goldman, from The Long Night of White Chickens (1998)394
Robert Olen Butler, from Mr. Spaceman (2000)397
António Lobos Antunes, from The Natural Order of Things (2000)400
Darcey Steinke, from Suicide Blonde (2000)405
Sherman Alexie, “The Toughest Indian in the World” (2001)409
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