Barney Rosset, pioneering publisher and champion of literary freedom, passes at age 89

Barney Rosset passed away just 2 days after release of the spring 2012 issue of his iconic Evergreen Review, published since 1957.

The first issue contained contributions by Jean Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, and Henri Michaux.  Reviled by conservatives and attacked by censors, the magazine’s office was once bombed by anti-Castro activists for featuring Che Guevara on the cover in 1968.  The print magazine ceased publication in 1973, but was revived in 1998 as a pioneering online magazine.

 

National Public Radio has marked the passing of Barney Rosset with a program on Fresh Air (podcast and link available here)

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