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

Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Mutiny on the Bounty.

1932

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 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

1951

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

1953

Barney Rosset begins challenging U.S. obscenity laws by publishing D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, then Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, and in 1962 William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch. His landmark court victories change 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 the Marquis de Sade.

1963

The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

1965

Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

1966

Samuel Beckett wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1968

Pablo Neruda wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1971

Frances FitzGerald’s Fire in the Lake wins the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

1973

A Confederacy of Dunces wins the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

1981

William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways.

1982

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross wins the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
The Black Cat paperback imprint is retired by Grove Press.

1984

Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Ann Getty acquires Grove Press and together with Lord Weidenfeld creates Grove Weidenfeld.

1985

Atlantic Monthly Press is separated from the Atlantic Monthly magazine and becomes a fully independent publishing house. The Atlantic Monthly backlist is retained by Little, Brown.

1986

Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger wins the Booker Prize.

1987

Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life.

1989

Ron Chernow’s The House of Morgan wins the National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Octavio Paz wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1990

P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores becomes a New York Times #1 Best-Seller.
Lewis Burwell Puller Jr.’s memoir Fortunate Son wins the Pulitzer Prize in Biography/Autobiography.

1991

Together with Joan Bingham, Morgan Entrekin acquires Grove Weidenfeld. Atlantic Monthly Press merges with Grove to create Grove Atlantic.
Francisco Goldman’s The Long Night of White Chickens wins the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain wins the Pulitzer Prize in Literature.

1993

Dagoberto Gilb’s The Magic of Blood wins the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel.
Kenzabouro Oe wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1994

Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City.

1996

Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevera: A Revolutionary Life.
Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain wins the National Book Award and the Sue Kaufman Award and becomes a #1 New York Times bestseller.

1997

Jim Harrison’s The Road Home is published by Grove. Over the coming decades, Grove reissues Harrison’s entire backlist and publishes all his new prose works.

1998

Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down.

1999

Leif Enger’s Peace Like A River.
Sherman Alexie and Richard Ford win the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

2001

George Crile’s Charlie Wilson’s War.
DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little wins the Man Booker Prize.
Sabina Murray’s The Caprices wins the PEN Faulkner Award.
Barry Hannah wins the PEN/Malamud.

2003

Black Cat is revived as the trade paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic.
Elfriede Jelinek wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2004

Harold Pinter wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.

2005

Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss wins the Man Booker Prize.
Tobias Wolff wins the PEN/Malamud.

2006

Anne Enright’s The Gathering wins the Man Booker Prize.

2007

Michael Thomas’s Man Gone Down wins the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

2009

Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn.
Josh Weil’s The New Valley wins the Sue Kaufman Prize. Sherman Alexie’s War Dances wins the PEN/Faulkner.

2010

Kay Ryan wins the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
The Mysterious Press is relaunched as an imprint of Grove Atlantic, moving to W.W. Norton in 2020.

2011

Mo Hayder’s Gone wins the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

2012

Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike wins the Tony Award for Best Play, after a hit run on Broadway.

2013

Lily King’s Euphoria wins the Kirkus Prize and is named a Top 10 Book of the Year by the New York Times.

2014

Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk wins the Costa Book Award and Samuel Johnson Prize.

2015

Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls is reissued in a 50th anniversary edition in hardcover and paperback.
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer wins the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and seven other prizes.

2016

Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves wins the Sue Kaufman Prize and is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

2018

Isabella Hammad’s The Parisian wins the Sue Kaufman Prize.
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House wins the National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other wins the Booker Prize.

2019

Executive Editor Joan Bingham passes away.
Walter Mosley is awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation.
Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain wins the Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize, and is a finalist for the National Book Award.

2020

Donna Leon’s 30th Commissario Brunetti novel, Transient Desires.

2021