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Barney : Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America's maverick publisher and the battle against censorship

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  • ISBN: 9781628726503 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1628726504 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: print
    199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-199).
Formatted Contents Note: Privileged beginnings -- Joan and Barney -- The young publisher -- A radical anomaly -- The stalking horse -- Adventures with the hooded cobra -- Riding the gales of the sixties -- A murder story : some stolen fingerprints -- Decline and fall -- "Who is the CEO of Grove"?
Summary, etc.: "An incisive, compulsively readable biography of the man the Guardian called "the most influential avant-garde publisher of the twentieth century." An impetuous outsider who delighted in confronting American hypocrisy and prudery, Barney Rosset liberated American culture from the constraints of Puritanism. As the head of Grove Press, he single-handedly broke down the laws against obscenity, changing forever the nature of writing and publishing in this country. He brought to the reading public the European avant-garde, among them Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, radical political and literary voices such as Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and Jack Kerouac, steamy Victorian erotica, and banned writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and William Burroughs. His almost mystical belief in the sacrosanct nature of the First Amendment essentially demarcates the before and after of American publishing. Barney explores how Grove's landmark legal victories freed publishers to print what they wanted, and it traces Grove's central role in the countercultural ferment of the sixties and early seventies. Drawing on the Rosset papers at Columbia University and personal interviews with former Grove Press staff members, friends, and wives, it tells the fascinating story of this feisty, abrasive, visionary, and principled cultural revolutionary--a modern "Huckleberry Finn" according to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe--who altered the reading habits of a nation"--
Subject: Rosset, Barney
Grove Press History 20th century
Publishers and publishing United States History 20th century
Censorship United States History 20th century
Counterculture United States History 20th century
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