Hothouse: Inside Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Friday, August 02, 2013

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era—home to 25 Nobel Prize winners and generation-defining authors like T. S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor, Susan Sontag, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, and Jonathan Franzen. Boris Kachka reveals the era and the city that built FSG through the stories of two men: founder-owner Roger Straus and his utter opposite, the reticent, closeted editor Robert Giroux. In Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Kachka pulls back the curtain to expose how elite publishing works today.


Boris Kachka

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Kachka said that FSG has deemed it necessary to publish titles on the more popular and lower-levels of public reading tastes in order to be able to put out more important, difficult and esoteric works. That's quite OK by me -- considering they just issued a long-awaited translation of Leopardi's ZIBALDONE.

Aug. 03 2013 03:06 PM

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