Barney Rosset, 1922 – 2012
Defied Censors, Making Racy a Literary Staple
By Douglas Martin. Published: February 22, 2012
Barney Rosset, the flamboyant, provocative publisher who helped change the course of publishing in the United States, bringing masters like Samuel Beckett to Americans’ attention under his Grove Press imprint and winning celebrated First Amendment slugfests against censorship,
Barney Rosset in 2008. Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos
died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 89. His son Peter said he died after a double-heart-valve replacement.
Over a long career Mr. Rosset championed Beat poets, French Surrealists, German Expressionists and dramatists of the absurd, helping to bring them all to prominence. Besides publishing Beckett, he brought early exposure to European writers like Eugène Ionesco and Jean Genet…Most of all, beginning in high school, when he published a mimeographed journal titled “The Anti-Everything,” Mr. Rosset, slightly built and sometimes irascible, savored a fight.
– continued at New York Times online
(October 31. 1795 – February 23, 1821)