The Tender Hour of Twilight

The Tender Hour of Twilight

Paris in the '50s, New York in the '60s : A Memoir of Publishing's Golden Age

Book - 2012
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From Beckett to Burroughs, The Story of O to The Autobiography of Malcolm X , an iconic literary troublemaker tells the colorful stories behind the stories

Richard Seaver came to Paris in 1950 seeking Hemingway's moveable feast. Paris had become a different city, traumatized by World War II, yet the red wine still flowed, the caf#65533;s bustled, and the Parisian women found American men exotic and heroic. There was an Irishman in Paris writing plays and novels unlike anything anyone had ever read--but hardly anyone was reading them. There were others, too, doing equivalently groundbreaking work for equivalently small audiences. So when his friendslaunched a literary magazine, Merlin, Seaver knew this was his calling: to bring the work of the likes of Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, and Jean Genet to the world. The Korean War ended all that--the navy had paid for college and it was time to pay them back. After two years at sea, Seaver washed ashore in New York City with a beautiful French wife and a wider sense of the world than his compatriots. The only young literary man with the audacity to match Seaver's own was Barney Rosset of Grove Press. A remarkable partnershipwas born, one that would demolish U.S. censorship laws with inimitable joie de vivre as Seaver and Rosset introduced American readers to Lady Chatterly's Lover , Henry Miller, Story of O , William Burroughs, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and more. As publishing hurtles into its uncertain future, The Tender Hour of Twilight is a stirring reminder of the passion, the vitality, and even the glamour of a true life in literature.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780374273781
0374273782
Branch Call Number: 070.5092 SEAVE
Characteristics: xxi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Seaver, Jeannette

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