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Juin 27, 2008, 2:06am

A lot of people have mentioned Virago and Persephone Books as good imprints; what are some other publishing companies whose books you collect/would appeal to someone who likes NYRBs?

Juin 27, 2008, 2:10am

(I mourn the loss of A Common Reader.


Juin 27, 2008, 3:32am

As do I.

Juin 27, 2008, 3:34am

Does anyone who was able to buy more of what they saw there tag their books from A Common Reader, commonly?

Juin 27, 2008, 4:29am

If you like some of the edgier modernist and postmodernist European fiction NYRB publishes, then I recommend checking out Dalkey Archive Press.

A nonprofit organization, they're headquartered at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and publish the tri-quarterly journal The Review of Contemporary Fiction as well as many volumes of fiction, poetry and essays. They're probably my favorite American publisher: their catalog is a thing of joy and wonder, filled with new discoveries, old friends and endless adventures. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Juin 27, 2008, 6:14am

Daedalus and Europa Editions Editions also put out some interesting work.

Juin 27, 2008, 7:12am

I like The Feminist Press, published by the City University of New York. As you can imagine, though, they only publish books written by women.
Excellent selection, though.

Juin 27, 2008, 2:26pm

Hesperus Press publishes the "Hesperus Classics," which are all short (100-120 pages, usually, though there are a few longer ones) works, often neglected or unfinished, by major classic authors. Some cool ones include: The Tragedy of Korosko by Conan Doyle, The Corsican Brothers by Dumas pere, and several of the "Christmas" numbers put out by All the Year Round and Household Words, which were magazines run by Charles Dickens. Also, a bunch of shorter books by the Brontes, Austen, Mary Shelley, Swift, et al. The designs are sleek and classy, and overall it's an imprint of comparable worth to NYRB Classics.

Juin 27, 2008, 3:25pm

This may be a bit of a sidetrack, but there's Valancourt Books, which reprints mostly forgotten Gothic novels of the late 18th and 19th centuries—the sort of stuff that Catherine Morland would have read.

#7: One of my all-time favorite books, Jessamyn West's Cress Delahanty, is reprinted by The Feminist Press.

Juin 27, 2008, 5:29pm

If you can read French, the closest equivalent to NYRB series in style is Gallimard's trade paperback L'Imaginaire imprint. It has a rather considerable backlist.


I also enjoy Pushkin Press's books. Being a Stefan Zweig fan, how can I not?
Great cover design, good paper.


Juin 29, 2008, 1:20am

I was recently looking up Radiguet's other novel, The Devil in the Flesh (NYRB publishes his Count d'Orgel's Ball ) and found that the publisher, Marion Boyars, has an interesting selection. Some books from the Northwestern University Press have also been on my TBR list.

8 jfclark - I enjoyed Pleasures and Days by Proust and Rebecca and Rowena by Thackeray (a lot of fun to read after Ivanhoe), both from Hesperus. And they are very nice editions.

9 rbhardy - Thanks for the recommendation, I do like Gothic novels. The website says they publish or are planning to publish all of the seven 'horrid' novels mentioned in Northanger Abbey - nice to know that they're available.

Juin 30, 2008, 3:36pm

I would also recommend Fiction Collective 2 http://fc2.org/
They publish interesting and challenging books.

Juin 30, 2008, 8:41pm

New Directions for sure. Serpent's tail, City Lights, Black Sparrow, Dalkey Archive is a must.

Juil 1, 2008, 6:10am

I would recommend Archipelago Books http://www.archipelagobooks.org/, "a not-for-profit press devoted to publishing excellent translations of classic and contemporary world literature".

Modifié : Juil 3, 2008, 1:11pm

I've only read one Europa editions book so far, but it was pretty great: The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardham. Without giving too much away, it's narrated by a woman who seems the model of propriety—slowly you realize that something very different is going on. It's also rip-roaringly funny.

Juil 3, 2008, 7:46pm

# 15 sarajill - I thought The Queen of the Tambourine was wonderfully funny, quite a bit different from Old Filth, the only other novel of hers I have read. One Europa editions book that you must get if you like humor is Cooking with Fernet Branca. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read.

Juil 3, 2008, 8:23pm

I think Rob mentioned it in another thread but I figured I should add it here. Academy Chicago Publishers has some titles that might be of interest to some here. My copy of Diary of a Provincial Lady and One Pair of Hands are their imprint.

Juil 3, 2008, 9:46pm

Another interesting Hesperus edition is Daughters of the Vicar by D. H. Lawrence. With class issues, love, duty, and coal miners, it contains practically his entire philosophy pared down into less than 120 pages.

Juil 3, 2008, 11:43pm

You've definitely got me interested in Diary of a Provincial Lady and Cooking with Fernet Branca has been on my list for some time. There's just too much to read. But both of these sound like treats.

Juil 4, 2008, 1:27am

For those who enjoyed Cooking with Fernet Branca there is a sequel called Amazing Disgrace. It's also published by Europa Editions. I haven't read it yet but the reviews were very good.

Juil 4, 2008, 10:33am

#20 -marietherese - I have read Amazing Disgrace. I was a little disappointed. Although the novel was funny, it lacked the zip and electricity of Cooking with Fernet Branca.

Juil 6, 2008, 2:01pm

Seven Stories Press publishes some good authors (e.g., Assia Djebar).

Juil 8, 2008, 7:33pm

There's also Broadview Press, which besides philosophy and literary criticism also publishes lovely annotated editions of classic fiction, with women writers and more avant garde works making up a good portion of the catalogue. It also appears that they're starting a new imprint, Freehand Books, featuring modern Canadian authors.

Oct 20, 2008, 7:36am

I picked up several Europa Editions ARCs at a library sale, including The Queen of Tambourine. I hope it's as good as everyone says! I really enjoyed The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante - also published by Europa - and I got another one by her, Troubling Love.

Fév 28, 2009, 12:29am

There was a nice article about Europa Editions in the New York Times.


Good to know they're doing well.

Modifié : Mar 9, 2009, 11:45am

Loved The Queen of the Tambourine—now I want to read more of Gardam's books. Have also heard really good things about Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson—which Europa also publishes.

Mar 10, 2009, 2:12pm

Not a publisher, but a magazine out of the UK that some of you might be interested in, called Slightly Foxed. It specializes in "lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest—books that have stood the test of time and have left their mark on the people who write about them."

website is: www.foxedquarterly.com

Mar 10, 2009, 3:05pm

Thank you sarajill! I am indeed interested.

Modifié : Mar 15, 2009, 2:53pm

Since many of the notable publishers/imprints/series have been mentioned already, i.e., Europa Editions, Dalkey Archive, and Virago I would like to chime in with some potential good matches for NYRB fans:

I have always thought very highly of the European Classics series selected, translated, and published by the Northwestern Univ. Press. Great assortment of forgotten or not-oft-published authors and titles, great design and quality manufacturing of the books themselves, quality translators, etc. It's an exceedingly nice publishing endeavor all around IMO.


Next up would be the Library of Latin America series by the Oxford Univ. Press. Not a small or indie press of course but I have enjoyed many of the books from Latin America's seminal but forgotten authors that they have translated and re-published back out of obscurity.


Lastly, I don't read much genre fiction at all but the few times a year I do tend these last few years to be mysteries/crime from the Soho Crime line of series by international authors published by Soho Press. I just can't say enough good things about the varied selection of authors and the high level of quality in the writing by the authors from all over the globe. Top-notch. As more obvious escapist or genre fare, I think along with the mysteries/crime titles from Europa Editions that Soho Crime is a natural fit for for NYRB Classics fans.


Modifié : Mar 15, 2009, 2:51pm

Forgot to mention one other great publisher above ^. Recently I bought my first couple of titles from the Pushkin Press! As a publisher, they remind me very much of NYRB, Europa, and the European Classics series by Northwestern U. Press. Now that I have received my first two books (by Schnitzler and Zweig) and have started perusing their website, I can see I am going to be hooked and look forward to acquiring some more!


Mar 13, 2009, 1:18am

I agree about Northwestern and the Library of Latin America. Northwestern's series Writings from an Unbound Europe has some really interesting titles from Eastern Europe that I want to check out. The introductions for Library of Latin America books are also very helpful. Unfortunately, books from both those publishers are rather expensive (at least for me). I've never heard of Soho Crime, but I'll be sure to check it out.

Mar 13, 2009, 11:40am

Oh yes, Northwestern is a good pick. I have several volumes from them and have liked their choices.

I recently had two early reviewer books from Open Letter Modern Classics which is a University of Rochester imprint that focuses on new translations of neglected classics. I enjoyed both The Pets Bragi Olafsson and the early Marguerite Duras work The Sailor from Gibraltar.

Modifié : Mar 19, 2009, 12:26pm

>23 inge87: inge87 -

Egads! Why, oh why did you have to turn me on to the Broadview Press? I *mostly* (eh, like 90%) want to thank you because I discovered what appears to be a FANTASTIC publisher that wasn't on my radar. I spent several hours last night poking around the catalog on the Broadview site all the while falling covetously in love with way too many titles. However, since they are on the pricey side I had to do a lot of price comparison shopping across many sites looking for some deals until lo and behold, before I "knew" it I had compulsively ordered 6 titles hence the witholding my full 100% thanks to you---I can not encourage enablers! In these trying economic times I certainly did not need to become infatuated with yet another publisher/imprint/series but so many of their titles are just too interesting, off the cuff, and compelling by far that they can't be denied----thusly, you are evil. : ) : )

Modifié : Mar 13, 2009, 1:35pm

This thread will be my ruin!!!!!!!

Modifié : Mar 13, 2009, 4:23pm

> 34

I know right? I think the only comfort we can take from the whole thing is that we are not in denial and that at least it's an exquisite sort of ruin right? :-)

Mar 13, 2009, 5:53pm

My FAVOURITE sort of ruin, to be precise!

Mar 14, 2009, 12:40am

My local bookseller, who's been having a slow month, said that it sometimes seemed as if I was the only person keeping him in business.

Mar 16, 2009, 3:10pm

Just discovered this UK press, dedicated to transgressive classics: http://bookkake.com/books/

Modifié : Mar 16, 2009, 8:25pm

>38 nyrbclassics:

I've got two things to say to you sarajill:

(1) Like inge87 you are *clearly* an evil enabler too!

(2) That's a VERY naughty name for a publisher you found there! I don't *even* want to know how or why that came up for you in some Google search results or something missy. Heh.

Seriously though, I just poked all around their webverse and I can say there is nothing that I don't like about their whole enterprise---the titles and nature of the titles themselves (heh), the eye-catchingly vivid and somewhat disturbing cover designs, the internet only publish-on-demand model, and their blog. MOST importantly, I liked that introductory rate of just 40 GBP for their first 5 titles combined with FREE shipping to the US! I really couldn't resist a bargain like that and just went ahead and placed an order. I can't wait to receive them in all their gorgeous saturated colors glory!

Mar 17, 2009, 11:57am

Actually, the way I found out about Bookkake is quite funny. Galleycat.com posted the "first twitter-based book"! And a few people around here noticed a similarity to our cover design. See for yourself:


I had a feeling it was a self-mocking homage, so I wrote a teasing note on the blog. At any rate, I started talking to the blogger of booktwo.org and he mentioned his house. And that's the end of the story—I swear!

Modifié : Mar 17, 2009, 12:59pm

>40 nyrbclassics:

Oh alright, alright. . .I believe you, heh. That's a pretty interesting link about the Twitter-based book by James Bridle and you're right that cover is a reminiscent of a NYRB Classic. Actually, the cover design makes me think of some weird hybrid between the trades that Norton does for the Aubrey-Maturin series (what with the seafaring) and a NYRB Classic (what with the title square and font). And speaking of that publsihing vanguard author-publisher James Bridle, I just got an email from him for Bookkake letting me know that my order has been sent out for printing and should be ready to ship in a few days. Now that's personalized service!

Mar 18, 2009, 4:55am

I hear the term 'small press' thrown around quite a bit, and I was wondering how people in this group would define the term. I don't know that much about publishing - Wikipedia had a definition, which included several qualifications - revenue, number of books published, no corporate ownership. Would you categorize some of the publishers already mentioned as 'small presses'?

Modifié : Mar 19, 2009, 8:59am

>42 DieFledermaus:

I would categorize the vast majority mentioned in this thread small presses/publishers, i.e., NYRB, Europa Edtions, Hesperus Press, Pushkin Press, Persephone Books, Bookkake, Archipelago Books, Dalkey Archive, Broadview Press, Serpent's Tail. Also ones not mentioned here yet but that would be prime small press examples IMO are Peter Owen Publishers, Melville House, City Lights, Akashic Books, and Tin House Books. They are all---I believe---wholly independent enterprises and they don't publish a litany of titles or especially large runs of the titles they do publish (unless they have a sleeper hit like Europa and The Elegance of the Hedgehog or Melville House and Eeee Eee Eee) of course.

It gets a smidgen murkier to my mind when you are talking about "imprints" which themselves may be select in their offerings, are *technically* small, and basically independent operations but that are part of larger publishing houses/conglomerates, i.e., Virago belonging to Hachette. For all intents and purposes I personally still consider them small presses as long as they are still selective and march to their own drummer. If for some reason I didn't get the sense that the imprint was basically left alone to it's own creative devices by it's parent company then I would re-think my stance.

Northwestern Univ. Press, Oxford Univ. Press are just not small publishers period---they are some of the largest and most prolific academic presses and publish a lot of titles across all spectrums though admittedly they don't do large runs of their titles.

I don't know---I think that maybe the issue might be more about literal 'smallness' and independence. I think most of the publishers or imprints listed here are technically 'small' both in titles published, runs, and revenue compared to say FSG or Knopf. However some of them do offer fairly extensive catalogs like Virago who would seem like a giant compared to Bookkake or Tin House Books at this point in their development. Nevertheless, they are ALL independents and so are subject to all that the indie umbrella or cachet brings with it.

Mar 19, 2009, 3:45am

Shoemaker and Hoard publishes, among others, Guy Davenport, Gary Snyder, and David Markson. They have a tremendous list.

Mar 21, 2009, 8:35pm

I was just searching online for a Paco Ignacio Taibo title and another small press I remembered that I have several books from (incl. some Taibos) and really enjoy is the Cinco Puntos Press.


As an aside, some may have vague recollections of the brouhaha from several years ago when Cinco Puntos made news when their NEA grant funding for a children's book was pulled because of the author's involvement with Zapatistas in Chiapas. That was a "large" amount of high drama for a "small" press, lol.

Modifié : Juin 3, 2009, 12:05pm

Maybe this will get things going again here...

Autonomedia publish a mix of theory and interesting fiction. I loved the novel Taqwacores they did an edition of, despite the binding leaving something to be desired (the poor printing/binding on that book is the exception, not the rule for them).

Charles H. Kerr is a long-time independent leftist publisher who print a lot of classics (Autobiography of Mother Jones and so on), and under the watch of the late Franklin Rosemont and his wife Penelope the imprint has released a series of books on the history of surrealism. There are a number of novels thrown in the mix and some poetry too.

Juin 4, 2009, 2:44pm

Slightly Foxed is indeed a very nice magazine. When money wasn't so tight, I subscribed for a year and discovered Leonardo Sciascia and the David Gilmour's biography of Giussepe di Lampedusa through them.

Juin 4, 2009, 2:47pm

Is it gross that I've already read everything in the Bookkake catalog? The William Hazlitt book I discovered through a New Criterion article, but everything else were used bookstore finds during high school.

I love their cover for The Torture Garden.

Juin 16, 2009, 9:46pm

Twisted Spoon Press publishes translated works from Eastern European writers, with both classic, older authors and contemporary authors represented. Also, for anyone interested in Olga Tokarczuk (her book House of Day, House of Night seemed to be THE book to read during the Reading Globally Group's Poland month) - they have another one of her novels coming out soon.


Juin 24, 2009, 11:16am

This is fun, a blogger went through various classics lists and compared the cost of buying them all, subject matter, and other criteria. http://bitly.com/XUtdq

Juil 27, 2009, 9:49pm

Just wanted to mention Dalkey Archive's summer sale, which goes until Wednesday, July 29th. There are very good deals if you buy 5, 10 or 20 books. It includes every paperback in their catalog, and shipping is free in the U.S. (unfortunately, not outside of the U.S.). The link -


Juil 28, 2009, 4:00pm

I wish I could afford to order more than five...