Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde
by Loren Glass
Stanford University Press
The books Grove Press published in the 1960s fueled the cultural and political revolt and changed America. The enormous impact this one renegade publisher had is inconceivable today. We take for granted the freedom to read books like Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch, but it wasn’t all that long ago such titles were banned. That’s not to say little brush fires of censorship don’t arise today, but there are no more infernos— thanks in large part to Barney Rosset’s remarkable press.
Loren Glass provides a fascinating and in-depth history of Grove —its landmark censorship battles, in-house marketing strategies and distinctive covers, and the creative editors and translators who—under Rosset’s direction—made Grove into an iconic colophon.
For Baby Boomers, Counter-Culture Colophon is heady nostalgia, but for everyone else it’ll prove to be an eye-opener.