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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Open City Magazine, Vol. 31 By Joanna Yas
The best stories from one of the brightest beacons of independent literature, Open City magazine

They're at It Again
Stories from the First Twenty Years
By Joanna Yas
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978-1-890447-59-5 • $22.95 • Paperback • June 2011
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Open City magazine, a hub of literary excitement and innovation since the first issue in 1991, pulls together the greatest hits of its first two decades. Publishing a wide array of authors who have made a mark on American letters, the magazine has been edited since its inception by author Thomas Beller, who provides an introduction that recollects the magazine’s beginnings with fellow writers Daniel Pinchbeck and Robert Bingham, narrates the tumultuous changes, disaffections, and, in Bingham’s case, a death that shook the magazine at its tenth anniversary, and then describes the productive and illustrious decade that followed with coeditor Joanna Yas. Contributors to the anthology include Michael Cunningham, Robert Stone, David Foster Wallace, Mary Gaitskill, Scott Smith, A. M. Homes, Jim Harrison, Alicia Erian, David Means, Kirsty Gunn, Christopher Sorrentino, Rachel Sherman, Jerry Stahl, Nick Tosches, Bruce Jay Freidman, Walter Kirn, and Geoff Dyer. Also included are posthumous works by Richard Yates, Paul Bowles, Alfred Chester, Robert Walser, and Gregor von Rezzori. Open City is known as a platform for numerous debuts, such as Martha McPhee, Irvine Welsh, Lara Vapnyar, Vestal McIntyre, and Sam Lipsyte, all of whom are featured. Not only a chronicle of twenty years of this important institution, this lively and engaging anthology is also a fascinating portrait of a literary generation in the making.

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