Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beat publisher Barney Rosset dies

Many of us probably never heard of Barney Rosset, but we've heard of Grove Press, publisher of Burroughs' Naked Lunch and a number of Jack Kerouac's books.

Rossett died on Tuesday at the age of 89. That's how old Jack would be right now.

Click here for a remembrance in the Wall Street Journal. Grove/Atlantic, at least for the time being, is featuring an In Memoriam to Rosset on their front page. Finally, here's the NY Times obit.

I don't know much about Rosset, but he defied censorship and championed the beat authors. In my book, that's worth noting.

RIP, Barney. I wish I'd known you.

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