Literarian Award, 2008

The Literarian Award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for litera ture and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America.

Barney Rosset

Barney Rosset accepts 2008 Literarian Award @ NBAs from National Book Foundation on Vimeo.

On November 19th, the National Book Foundation awarded Barney Rosset, the legendary publisher, The Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

Barney Rosset

Barney Rosset, through his publishing house, Grove Press, and his magazine, The Evergreen Review, introduced American readers to such literary giants as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Jean Genet, and Eugène Ionesco, as well as many of the writers of the Beat generation. He fought two landmark first amendment battles in order to publish the uncensored version of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. Rosset was a tenacious champion for writers who were struggling to be read in America and this award recognizes his vision and his enormous contributions to American publishing.


Evergreen Review

The Outlaw Bible of American Literature
by Barney Rosset (Editor), Neil Ortenberg (Editor), Alan Kaufmann (Editor)


Suggested Links

News from Evergreen Review
- Rosset’s blog:

Barney Rosset's Wikipedia Entry
Barnet Lee Rosset, Jr., more commonly known as Barney Rosset (born 1922), is the Chicago-born American entrepreneur and former owner of the publishing house ...

OBSCENE - How Barney Rosset Published Dirty Books for Fun and Profit
A film about Barney Rosset and his legal battles as the head of Grove Press.

Behind the scenes at Rosset's 80th Birthday party.

Wired For Books, 1984 audio interview with Barney Rosset
at Wired for by Don Swaim