Barney Rossett, Grove Press Founder, Dead at 89, RIP

Barney Rossett, owner of Grove Press, publisher of the Evergreen Review, and hero of my early adolescence is dead at 89 (Feb 23, 2012).  When I was 13 I found the Evergreen Review. Under its influence (it was a literary magazine) I found the influential writers in my life. Perhaps some of its contents were over my head but I read on with the conviction that something there was very important to the development of my life.  I certainly understood “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.”  

I will say that, indirectly, Barney Rossett was the most influential person in my life.  He published magic like a pied piper and I followed picking up every precious morsel. – Carlos 

Death of a pioneer of avant-garde literature publishing

Grove published Evergreen Review, a literary magazine whose March-April 1960 edition includes work by Albert CamusLawrence FerlinghettiBertolt Brecht, and LeRoi Jones, as well as Edward Albee‘s first play, The Zoo Story.

Grove published French avant-garde of the era, including Alain Robbe-GrilletJean Genet, and Eugène Ionesco; most of the American Beats of the 1950s, including Jack KerouacWilliam Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg; and poets associated with Black Mountain and the San Francisco Renaissance such as Robert Duncan.

In 1954 Grove published Samuel Beckett‘s play Waiting for Godot after it was refused by more mainstream publishers. Since then it has been Beckett’s U.S. publisher. In 2006 Grove published an anniversary bilingual edition of Waiting for Godot and a special four-volume edition of Beckett’s works, with commissioned introductions byEdward AlbeeJ. M. CoetzeeSalman Rushdie, and Colm Tóibín, to commemorate his centenary (April 2006).

Grove is also the U.S. publisher of the works of Harold Pinter; in 2006 it published a collection called The Essential Pinter, which includes Pinter’s Nobel Lecture, entitled “Art, Truth & Politics.”

Grove is also the exclusive United States publisher of the unabridged complete works of the Marquis de Sade.  In addition, Grove publishes Japanese authors, such as Kenzaburo Oe.  He died Tuesday in New York City. He was 89.  His daughter, Tansey Rosset, said he died after undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve.

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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