Barney Grove Press and Barney Rosset America s Maverick Publisher and His Battle against Censorship 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 Ameri

  • Title: Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America’s Maverick Publisher and His Battle against Censorship
  • Author: Michael Rosenthal
  • ISBN: 9781628726503
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 agAn 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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    1. Barney Rosset drank and partied too much, he failed at almost everything he attempted especially in his five marriages but he was also brave and devoted to freedom of expression and he fought long and hard using his own wealth and income to ensure writers were free to say what they wanted. After a stint in the army serving in World War II he begged (from his wealthy parents) borrowed and just about stole enough money to buy a New York press that was failing. He turned things around by publishing [...]

    2. Censorship's been in the news a lot lately, for some reason (cough cough), so I guess this biography is pretty timely. Barney Rosset, for those who haven't read the book yet, ran a printing house (Grove Press) from 1951 to 1986, and made it famous for publishing avant garde work, "unpublishable" work, counter-culture pieces (such as work by Malcolm X and Henry Miller), and anti- Vietnam war pieces. The works that resulted led to numerous court battles over censorship, which Grove Press largely w [...]

    3. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)If there's one person from the annals of 20th-century publishing who deserves to be better remembered than he currently is, that would be Barney Rosset; "founder" of Grove Press (that is, after buying the name from a couple of incompetent academes who only managed to re-release three public domain titles in th [...]

    4. Revolutions of all types are generally organized by those who have time, education, and money and the revolution that Barney Rosset helped to open up American publishing and expand the concept of free speech was no exception. While his erratic career choices and ultimately his publishing would never make him rich, he came from a powerful family and his father gave him a firm foundation on which to explore and build. The first half of this biography looks at Barney's relationship with his father, [...]

    5. A lively biography, and literary history, of Barney Rosset and Grove Press, at a turning point in American literary history. He was an innovative publisher who was an early promoter of Samuel Beckett, Malcolm X and other figures of mid-20th Century writing, and that alone would give Rosset a place in literary fame. But, he and Grove Press also fought, and won, several decisive legal battles over censorship, notably over Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, whose [...]

    6. Well written, entertaining read of the life of Barney Rosset, the founder of Grove Press and a pioneer in establishing the broad constitutional breadth of the First Amendment with such books as Tropic of Cancer and the film I Am Curious (Yellow). He made J Edgar's and the CIA's "watch lists" of American citizens for other reasons as well, including Grove's publication of radical literature of the 1960s and the Diaries of Che Guevera. He outright supported the Cuban Revolution and visited Cuba af [...]

    7. I won this book in the Giveaway. Rosenthals book is a fascinating look at an amazing individual. I enjoyed the entire book. It was written extremely well offering a fair look at Barney Rosset. I have only one fault to find with this book and that is that it is not deep enough, not thorough enough. I know that this period of time had many persons fighting for free speech and free press. Barneys backstory with his parents could be a bit more filled in. A broader look at Grove's involvement in the [...]

    8. What a good read! Romping through the 20th century with Barney Rossett is a singular pleasure. For literary junkies to art enthusiasts and believers in the freedom to read without censorship, this is a book that is irresistible. Funny and factual: a refreshing departure from today's fraught conversations!

    9. Disclosure: ARC received from Edelweiss & publisher in exchange for an honest review. (They may regret this.) Any and all quotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition.

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