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

Author: Michael Rosenthal
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosenthal, Michael, 1937-
Barney.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
(DLC) 2016058330
Named Person: Barney Rosset; Barney Rosset
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Rosenthal
ISBN: 9781628726503 1628726504
OCLC Number: 956349354
Description: 199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: 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"?
Responsibility: Michael Rosenthal.

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"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"--

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