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Barney Rosset, 1922-2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 02:38 PM
Barney Rosset died yesterday. Rosset never met a fight he didn’t like and his longest, most protracted fight was over freedom of speech in the U.S. and what he could lawfully publish. Starting in the early 1960’s, with Grove Press, Rossett deliberately set out to test the limits of U.S. obscenity laws, first with D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover and then with Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. Winning the right to publish and distribute both he went on to introduce Americans to a whole new generation of writers and filmmakers – Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Eugene Ionesco, William Burroughs, Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, Allen Ginsberg and Frederick Wiseman. Brooke spoke with Rosset in 2008 about his life and love of literature.