André Schiffrin, 1932–2013

By Susan Harris

André Schiffrin, founder of the New Press and former editor-in-chief of Pantheon Books, died yesterday in Paris. Schiffrin played a major role in bringing literature in translation to English-language readers, first at Pantheon, where he published Jean-Paul Sartre, Günter Grass, Michel Foucault, Julio Cortázar, Marguerite Duras, and many others, and later at his New Press, publishers of our Literature from the Axis of Evil. Anyone interested in the history of US publishing should read his books, particularly The Business of Books: How International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read. For more on this marvelous publisher, see the New York Times obituary, and The White Review's interview. Edited to add: and this appreciation and reprimand of the NYT for their focus on finance, from Dennis Johnson of Melville House.


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