Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Barney Rosset's, the man behind Grove Press which he acquired in 1951, was a crusader for erotic and other kinds of challenging fiction. Frequently embroiled in lawsuits, Rosset saw erotica as just one of many frontiers where the first amendment was under attack. If he liked something, he published it, and would not let oppressive obscenity laws stop him. He was the first to publish uncensored editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tropic of Cancer in the United States. Grove also published The Story of O, Autobiography of Malcolm X and the first US edition of Waiting for Godot. Rosset recently passed away at the age of 89.
Champion of Erotica and the Beats