Thursday, February 23, 2012

R.I.P.: Barnet Lee "Barney" Rosset, Jr.

Barnet Lee "Barney" Rosset, Jr.

May 28, 1922 – February 21, 2012

The former owner of the publishing house Grove Press, and publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Evergreen Review (history / revived on-line version); he led a successful legal battle to publish the uncensored version of D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover and later became the American publisher of Henry Miller's banned novel Tropic of Cancer. The right to publish and distribute Miller's novel in the United States was affirmed by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1964, in a landmark ruling for free speech and the First Amendment. (Wikipedia).
For an in-depth Newsweek article (15 December 2008), go here.

Trailer to Obscene, a 2007 documentary by Daniel O'Connor & Neil Ortenberg on the life and work of Barnet Lee "Barney" Rosset, Jr.:

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