Timeline

A Century of Publishing Excellence

Atlantic Monthly Press is
founded in Boston (as legend
has it, at the bar of the Parker House Hotel.) It becomes the book-publishing imprint of the venerable Atlantic Monthly magazine.

1917

Atlantic Monthly Press becomes an imprint of Little, Brown.

1934

Grove Press is founded on
Grove Street in New York’s Greenwich Village.

1947

Twenty-eight-year-old Barney Rosset Jr. buys Grove Press for $3,000, and turns it into one of the most influential publishers of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. From the outset, Rosset took chances: Grove publishes many of the Beats, including William S. Burroughs,

1951

Samuel Beckett’s ~Waiting for
Godot.~

1953

Barney Rosset challenges the U.S. obscenity laws by publishing D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. His landmark court victories changed the American cultural landscape.

1959

Black Cat is created as the mass market paperback imprint of Grove Press.

1960

Grove Press releases the American edition of William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch after a three-year censorship battle with the U.S. government.

1962

Grove Press continues to publish literary erotic classics like The Story of O and groundbreaking gay fiction like John Rechy’s City of Night, as well as the works of Marquis de Sade.

1963

The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

1965

Tom Stoppard’s Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Jacqueline Susann’s ~Valley of
the Dolls.~

1966

Samuel Beckett wins the
Nobel Prize for Literature.

1968

The Mysterious Press is founded by Otto Penzler and becomes the first publishing company to issue mystery fiction in limited, signed, slipcased editions.

1975

The Confederacy of Dunces wins the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

1981

David Mamet wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Black Cat paperback imprint is retired by Grove Press.

1984

Atlantic Monthly Press is separated from Atlantic Monthly magazine and becomes a fully independent publishing house.

1986

Otto Penzler sells The Mysterious Press to Warner Books. Tobias Wolff’s ~This Boy’s Life:
A Memoir is published.~

1989

P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores becomes a New York Times #1 Best-Seller.

1991

Atlantic Monthly Press is merged with Grove Weidenfeld, and becomes a hardcover imprint of the new company, Grove Atlantic.
Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain wins the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

1993

Kenzabouro Oe wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1994

Candace Bushnells’s Sex and the City and Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevera: A Revolutionary Life are first published.
Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain wins the National Book Award.

1997

Mark Bowden’s
Black Hawk Down.

1999

George Crile’s ~Charlie
Wilson’s War. DC Pierre’s Vernon God Little wins The Man Booker Prize. Sabina Murray’s Caprices~ wins the PEN Faulkner Award.

2003

Black Cat is revived as the
trade paperback imprint of
Grove Atlantic.

2004

Harold Pinter wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

2005

Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss
wins The Man Booker Prize.

2006

Grove Atlantic acquires the Mysterious Press imprint.

2009

Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn.

2010

Kay Ryan wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

2011

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer wins the Pulitzer
Prize for Fiction.

2016