Remembering Barney Rosset

Friday, May 11, 2012


In 1951, Grove Press was a tiny, almost-defunct publisher with just three titles in its catalog. But then Barney Rosset took over and, with a few choice books, helped push America past its Puritanical roots and into the sexual revolution. His memorial was held this week – he died a few months ago at the age of 89. In an interview from 2008, Brooke talks to Rosset about fighting charges of obscenity over books like Naked Lunch and Tropic of Cancer.


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Barney Rosset

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Comments [1]

Mark Richard from Columbus, Ohio

I suppose it would be too outside-the-box for OTM to recall that Rosset helped the abolition of censorship laws that eventually helped destroy the 'edginess' of his publishing company; 'Tropic of Cancer' paved the way for things like 'Deep Throat', with which Rosset could not compete. Social manners regarding sex were changing and would have changed even if Barney Rosset's parents had never met. Feminists on OTM's staff might want to take a look at some of Grove Press' product at that time, books such as 'A Man with a Maid', etc. Rosset took up the radical-chic fashion of the late 1960s, which also looked silly with the passage of time. The mentality seems to have been that of an intelligent, hormonal 20-year old excited about philosophy, literature, sex, and revolution. Those 20-year olds grew up, though.

May. 14 2012 01:02 PM

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