Publisher Spotlight: New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books has been long known as a strong advocate for international literature in translation, both for adults and children. For a little something for everyone – ranging from adult novels to classic children’s books to teen graphic novels – check out NYRB’s rich catalog.

New York Review Books
The NYRB Classics series is dedicated to publishing an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.

Literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again.

The series started in 1999 with the publication of Richard Hughes’s A High Wind in Jamaica and by the end of 2015, over 400 titles will be in print. NYRB Classics includes new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Aeschylus, Dante, Balzac, Nietzsche, and Chekhov, as well fresh translations of Stefan Zweig, Robert Walser, Alberto Moravia, and Curzio Malaparte; fiction by modern and contemporary masters such as Vasily Grossman, Mavis Gallant, Daphne du Maurier, Kingsley Amis, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Wlliam H. Gass, John Williams, and Patrick Leigh Fermor; tales of crime and punishment by George Simenon, Kenneth Fearing, and Jean-Patrick Manchette; masterpieces of narrative history and literary criticism, poetry, travel writing, biography, cookbooks, and memoirs from such writers as Norman Mailer, Lionel Trilling, and Charles Simic; and unclassifiable classics on the order of J. R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. A few of our 2015 publishing highlights are Magda Szabó’s The Door, Eileen Chang’s Naked Earth, and Sybille Bedford’s A Legacy.

Published in handsome uniform trade paperback editions, almost all NYRB Classics feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day. Taken as a whole, NYRB Classics may be considered a series of books of unrivaled variety and quality for discerning and adventurous readers.

What the press has said about NYRB Classics…

Download Reading Group Guides for NYRB Classics. 

The New York Review Children’s Collection
The New York Review Children’s Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite titles and to introduce those books to a new generation of readers. The line publishes picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a “classic.” Among the titles you will find Wee Gillis, a Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of The Story of Ferdinand; Esther Averill’s time-honored Jenny and the Cat Club series; The House of Arden by E. Nesbit, one of J.K. Rowling’s favorite writers; several titles by the award-winning team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, including their Book of Norse Myths and Book of Animals; James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks and The Wonderful O, both with illustrations by Marc Simont; Rhoda Levine’s charming birds-eye-view of holiday-time New York City, Arthur; and Otfried Preussler’s chapter books The Little Witch and The Little Water-Sprite. Not to be missed are Mio, My Son and Seacrow Island, by Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking series; Leon Garfield’s Shakespeare Stories, a perfect introduction to the bard for young readers; and the forthcoming Donkey-donkey, a tale of self-acceptance by Roger Duvoisin, author of the bestselling children’s book Petunia.

In Fall 2015, we introduced a new series: NYRB Kids. The books in the NYRB Kids series are drawn from The New York Review Children’s Collection and reissued as stylish paperback editions designed to be especially attractive to young readers. James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks and Jean Merrill’s The Pushcart War were our first children’s paperbacks, and will be followed by Rumer Godden’s An Episode of Sparrows and Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, among others.

Praise for The New York Review Children’s Collection…

New York Review Comics
NYRC will publish comics of all sorts, from intimate memoirs to absurdist gags, lyrical graphic novels to dizzying experiments, united in their affirmation of the strange and wonderful things that only comics can do. Some will be in paperback, some in hardcover,  and trim sizes will vary.  The series will launch in March 2016 with Mark Beyer’s Agony, a darkly humorous depiction of urban despair originally published in 1987, now with an introduction by super-fan Colson Whitehead. This will be followed by the beautiful historical saga Peplum, by the acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, in a new translation by Edward Gauvin in April; and Almost Completely Baxter, a judicious collection of new and selected work by the beloved, inimitably hilarious artist Glen Baxter in May. It will continue in Fall 2016 with Soft City, a majestically surreal tour of an office dystopia by Norwegian pop artist Pushwagner, drawn and then lost in the early 1970s, with a new introduction by Chris Ware; Belgian artist Dominique Goblet’s searing experimental memoir Pretending Is Lying, translated from the French by Sophie Yanow—Goblet’s first book to appear in English; and What Am I Doing Here?, a long out-of-print collection by postwar America’s forgotten master of the existential gag, Abner Dean.

NYRB Poets
The NYRB Poets series continues the eclectic, adventurous spirit of NYRB Classics with a focus on the most vital, various, and universal form of literature: poetry. Featuring the work of poets from around the world, classical and modern, ancient and contemporary, in elegant, pocket-size editions, it will introduce readers to the countless different shapes that poetry can assume, from simplest song to lyrical essay to visual image to scientific treatise, among much else. Poetry explores the boundaries of feeling, knowledge, and expression like no other art. NYRB Poets offers an unparalleled opportunity for readers to explore poetry’s limitless possibilities, through collections by outstanding poets such as Pierre Reverdy, Alexander Vvedensky, Sakutarō Hagiwara, Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Willis, Najwan Darwish, and in the Fall of 2015, Guillaume Apollinaire, in a volume selected and translated by Ron Padgett.

NYRB Lit
NYRB Lit is a new ebook series devoted to publishing contemporary literary novels and books of narrative non-fiction that have been bypassed by traditional American publishers. The books come from all over the world and many have been published in their home countries to great acclaim. They are available in English to American readers here for the first time. NYRB Lit aims to use the digital platform to bring these books and their authors to the literate, passionate and adventurous audience they deserve.

Calligrams
Calligrams, a new series of writings from and on China, encompasses a wide array of poetic masterpieces, classic fictions, thrilling dramas, traveling writing, criticism, and histories written by both Chinese and Western writers from antiquity to modern time. The series is made possible by a publishing partnership with Chinese University of Hong Kong Press and is edited by critic and China expert Eliot Weinberger.

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