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Barney Rosset was a champion of free speech (and dirty books)

by | 24th, February 2012

BARNEY Rosset was with the Grove Press and Evergreen Review. He died:

Besides publishing [Samuel] Beckett, he brought early exposure to European writers like Eugène Ionesco and Jean Genet and gave intellectual ammunition to the New Left by publishing Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”…

He defied censors in the 1960s by publishing D. H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer,” ultimately winning legal victories that opened the door to sexually provocative language and subject matter in literature published in the United States. He did the same thing on movie screens by importing the sexually frank Swedish film “I Am Curious (Yellow).”

As Althouse notes:

The man who published all those dirty books… and turned down “Lord of the Rings” because he “couldn’t understand a word.”

Grove Press also published “Naked Lunch” and “The Story of O.” And Evergreen Review published Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.”

“If you have freedom of speech, you have freedom of speech,” he said.



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